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West Midlands apprentices secure major titles at In-Comm Awards

Posted by: Mark Jones 27 Jul 16 - 12:11PM  | Recruitment

As part of our ongoing support of Made in the Midlands and our interest and passion for supporting and promoting apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing, Jonathan Lee Recruitment was delighted to see that the West Midlands’ brightest apprentices have been recognised at one of the vocational learning sector’s largest awards evenings.

Held at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton, the In-Comm Training and Business Jonathan Lee Recruitment In-Com and MIM made in the midlands Awards are now in their 5th year and attracted over 250 people to celebrate the importance of apprenticeships in helping ease the region’s skills gap. 

James Harper, who works at Aktrion Automotive in Wolverhampton, beat off the challenge of 100s of his peers to be named as the In-Comm Training ‘Outstanding Apprentice of the Year’. The budding engineer impressed judges with his commitment to lean manufacturing and his ability to save his employer money and improve efficiencies in the process.

Voestalpine Metsec PLC’s Steve Giles (Ambassador of the Year) and bosses from Cannock-based RLS Tooling joined him on stage, with the latter claiming the ‘Employer’ title in recognition of its commitment to investing in young people.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment In-Com and MIM made in the midlands apprentice“We feel it is really important to celebrate the vocational learning route and recognise the achievements of young people who are gaining important skills whilst having a real tangible benefit to the companies they work for” explained Rebecca Phillips, joint Managing Director of In-Comm Training and Business Services.

“This awards scheme is the only one in the Midlands that celebrates apprentices working across business administration, professional services and engineering and manufacturing.”

 She continued: “We have had our best ever year for entries and that is reflected in the calibre of winners, who, as well as working towards their qualifications, have gone that extra mile to support others, do things differently and consistently meet performance targets.

“It’s not just about celebrating our young people, that is just one element of the competition. There is also a desire to put the spotlight on the employers who invest thousands every year because they believe in growing their ‘own’ and the mentors/parents who provide the support network individuals need to succeed.”

The In-Comm Training Awards – for the first time in five years – has enjoyed a major sponsor in the form of RBS, who put forward manufacturing manager David Robinson to sit on a judging panel including Rachel Eade (Manufacturing Hub) and Gareth Jones (In-Comm).  Together they whittled down 250 entries and came up with a list of eleven winners on the evening.

And the winners of the Apprentice of the Year categories are….

  • Jack Smith (Sprint Tool & Die Ltd): Most Improved Learner of the Year and Academy Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies Intermediate
  • Craig Hall (Craig & Derricott Ltd): Supervisory Management
  • James Harper & Reece Davies (both Aktrion Automotive): Business Improvement Techniques 
  • Faye Matts (George Taylor & Company): Business Support Intermediate
  • Bethany Griffiths (William Mitchell): Business Support Advanced
  • Joshua Bradley (B Mason & Sons): Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Advanced
  • Dean Maritza & Joel Brown (RMD Kwikform): In-Comm Academy Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies Advanced

Jonathan Lee Recruitment In-Com and MIM made in the midlands apprentice nightIn-Comm has been offering industry and commerce a wide range of training and business solutions for 34 years.  The firm has a proven track record of developing apprentices, with a record 426 learners either completing or undertaking their learning with the Black Country training provider this year.

 Another ‘first’ in the last twelve months was the successful launch of the In-Comm Training Academy in Shrewsbury. The £400,000 investment is a joint venture with Salop Design and Engineering and will provide manufacturing firms in Shropshire with specialist provision for up to 60 young people. 

Going forward, the company is expecting an equally exciting twelve months, with the focus falling on the introduction of a dedicated electrical section at Aldridge and the launch of new learning opportunities in CNC programming.
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