Local MP, Khalid Mahmood, was the guest of honour at an apprentice graduation ceremony in Aston last night. He was on hand to present awards celebrating the achievements of the first group of apprentices to graduate from EEF’s state-of-the-art training centre, which officially opened in March earlier this year.
In total, 40 apprentices aged between 17 and 25 received certificates and awards. Nine were singled out for special awards and prizes after being nominated by trainers impressed by their attitude and achievements. The presentations were made in front of an audience of family, friends, employers and training centre staff.
James Attebery, aged 21, was named Apprentice of the Year. He was given the accolade after demonstrating determination and dedication to achieve his training goals. He will now be going on to forge his career in engineering at UTC Aerospace Systems in Marston Green, Birmingham.
Khalid Mahmood, MP for Perry Barr, Birmingham, says: “Earlier this year I was delighted to open this exciting and innovative college – now I’m even more delighted to be giving out awards to its first group of successful apprentices.
“I’m a trained engineer myself so take a keen interest in seeing the great projects that these apprentices have been involved in. Their achievements have been nothing short of world-class and I firmly believe that they will do the sector and Birmingham proud. We have a great manufacturing heritage and today I’m very pleased to be able to say that with the high quality and talent of these young apprentices, Birmingham’s reputation for manufacturing is in very safe hands.”
Peter Winebloom, Training Centre Director at EEF, says: “This was our first graduation ceremony so a key milestone for the centre. The fact that Mr Mahmood joined us to celebrate our apprentices’ achievements speaks volumes. These young people are the manufacturers and engineers of the future – they are hard-working and committed and this will allow them to enjoy an interesting, exciting and rewarding career.
“We are delighted for those who have just graduated and wish them every future success. At the same time we would urge other young people to think seriously about following in their footsteps by becoming an apprentice – it’s a great way to acquire skills that employers value and demand and to kick-start your future career.”
James Attebery, named Apprentice of the Year at the awards, says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship and the opportunities it has given me. I’m now looking forward to practicing my skills and driving my career forward at UTC Aerospace Systems.
“Doing my apprenticeship with EEF has worked out really well for me. I would definitely urge others to think seriously about what it could do for them and their future too.”
For more information on EEF apprentices, visit www.apprentices.co.uk or EEF’s dedicated Apprentice and Skills YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/apprenticeandskills.
Notes to editors:
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation is the representative voice of manufacturing in the UK together with UK Steel. EEF has a growing membership of over 6,000 companies of all sizes, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries.
EEF’s Apprentice and Skills function delivers manufacturing and engineering apprentice training programmes from its £2million world class Technical Training Centre in Birmingham and as a national partnership with employers and technical training providers across the UK.
The Apprentices and Skills service offers a range of industry-standard manufacturing and engineering qualifications for apprentices and employees including BTECs, NVQs and City & Guilds as well as bespoke training programmes specifically designed around a business.