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A former Pembrokeshire College apprentice is to be recognised by the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) at the 2019 Polymer Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Charlie Thomas, an apprentice with St Davids Assemblies, undertook his apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering at Pembrokeshire College and was put forward for this award by his employer and lecturers.
Narrowly missing out on first place, the judges described the calibre of entrants this year as exceptional.
Throughout the nomination and judging process, Charlie impressed the judges with his ability to take tasks on and continuously exceed expectations being trusted to carry out highly complex machining activities with either no or minimal supervision. Charlie’s work with clients was of particular interest to the judges who noted a level of professionalism and experience that goes far beyond his years. He has worked alongside Falcon to re-design one of their oven knobs and is currently working with Keywing on a product to make a turning device for people with arthritis. Charlie has already significantly enhanced the client’s product and continues to work to find the optimum design which will minimise production costs for the client whilst increasing usability for the end user.
Charlie will soon be invited to attend the Livery Companies Skills Council Award Ceremony in March 2020 to receive his Polymer Apprentice Certificate and a £200 cash prize from the Lord Mayor of London.
St Davids Assemblies General Manager, Glen Wells commented: “Since starting in the tool room Charlie has produced work to an excellent standard. He is working in a highly skilled industry where accuracy and attention to detail are of paramount importance. In many instances there is zero tolerance, Charlie is unfazed by this and goes above and beyond what we would expect from an apprentice on a daily basis.
“At the end of each apprenticeship programme our expected outcome is an employee who has all the skills and knowledge to help our business to grow. We aim to develop our apprentices to push boundaries, challenge the norm and develop processes that will keep us at the cutting edge of our industry. Charlie is already showing the potential to be a great addition to our team”.
The BPF continues to work closely with the WCoH to promote the plastics industry to the next generation and more information on these efforts can be found at www.polymerzone.co.uk.