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Two of our young engineers have beaten off competition from across the West Midlands to secure three of the main prizes at this year’s annual In-Comm Training Awards.
Adam Burgoyne, who is a New Product Introduction Engineer at our Birmingham factory, was named as the ‘Outstanding Apprentice of the Year’ after earlier picking up the title of ‘Learner of the Year for Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies’.
The double-haul marks the 21-year-old’s impressive development and his role in helping to identify the measurement equipment required to secure our first ever pharma contract for the Middle East – a project that could be worth in excess of £1m annually.
He was joined on stage by his colleague James Arnold, who impressed judges with his maturity and determination to drive sales at sister business CB Cable Clips to take the ‘Learner of the Year – Business Support Award’.
Lorraine Ferman, HR Manager at Brandauer, was delighted with the awards: “From the minute they joined, Adam and James have showed a real passion for engineering and a desire to want to learn and progress.
“This is highlighted in the way they have become an essential part of our business, helping us win sales, implement efficiency savings and, in some instances, supporting younger apprentices.
“We had a real skills issue five years ago and the only way we were going to solve it, whilst bringing down the age of our workforce, was to invest in growing our own, something we have done with the support of In-Comm. It should be a ‘no-brainer’ for engineering firms.”
Bekki Phillips, joint Managing Director at In-Comm Training, added her support:
“There has been a lot of negativity surrounding Apprenticeships this year, with the national media quick to put the proverbial boot into the Levy and how it is failing employers across the UK.
“Talk of the number of ‘starts’ being down and large businesses turning the back on vocational training have dominated the headlines, but that’s only part of the story and last week we had the opportunity to tell the other half.
“The annual In-Comm Training Awards provides a fantastic platform to even the playing field and inform people about the amazing things that are happening in the West Midlands and highlight the companies that deliver anything from outstanding professional services advice to those making components that help drive the latest aircraft, cars and medical innovations.”
She continued: “Brandauer has completely overhauled its apprenticeship programme, making it a vital part of the business culture. This has seen it employ 10 young people, who all spend time in different areas of the business and benefit from having an experienced mentor to provide advice and guidance on issues at work and at home.
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