A JCB Design Engineer is the toast of the UK today after winning a national apprentice award. Louise Meredith, aged 21, scooped the title of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year at the finals of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Awards in London recently just weeks after winning the regional final. Louise, a Design Engineer in the Loadall division at JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester, said: “I’m passionate about apprenticeships and undertaking a degree/higher apprenticeship has been a fantastic way to start my career, so to win this national award is just amazing.
“I still can’t believe I’ve been recognised in this way.”
It was a night of success for JCB apprentices as Quality Engineer Tom Lomas, aged 21 from Tean, was also highly commended at the same ceremony in the National Advanced Apprentice of the Year category just weeks after he was named Regional Advanced Apprentice of the Year.
Tom, who works at JCB Earthmovers in Cheadle, said: “It’s great to have been named Regional Advanced Apprentice of the Year and then be highly commended in my category at the National Apprenticeship Service Awards.
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to start off your career and to win awards for doing something you enjoy is amazing.”
JCB Director of Learning and Development Max Jeffery said: “We are immensely proud of the outstanding achievements of these award winners who have excelled in their studies at JCB. To be recognised at national level is testament to their hard work and commitment.
“The company now has more than 400 young people on its apprenticeship, undergraduate and graduate training programmes, as we continue to invest in the next generation of engineering and business professionals.”
Louise and Tom are part of a group of JCB apprentices who are proving they are in a class of their own when it comes to winning awards.
JCB World HQ Business Degree Apprentice Elena Newbrook, aged 20 of Nantwich in Cheshire has won the Regional Make UK Business Apprentice of the Year: Rising Star award and Morgan Smith, aged 21 of Handforth in Cheshire has scooped Regional Make UK Engineering Apprentice of the Year: Final Year.
Degree Apprentice Morgan is a Hydraulics Design Engineer at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter. Elena and Morgan will now represent the region in the National Make UK Awards on January 29, 2020.
In addition, two JCB apprentices were highly commended on the Make UK awards shortlist. In the Midlands awards Engineering Degree Apprentice Chris Owen, aged 19 of Newcastle-under-Lyme who specialises in Electrical Engineering, and Olivia Pearch, aged 19 of Derby who is a Business Degree Apprentice at JCB Power Systems were honoured.
Applications for JCB’s 2020 apprenticeship and graduate training programmes have opened this month. To find out more go online to www.jcb.com/about/careers.
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