‘Focus, passion and determination’ has seen talented engineer-in-the-making Kirbi Taylor crowned a winner at the Rotherham Apprentice of the Year Awards.
The 18-year-old AMRC Training Centre
apprentice, who is employed as a mechatronic maintenance apprentice with Nikken
, won in the intermediate category of the awards beating off competition from more than 50 applicants from a range of industries.
Kirbi said: “Even being shortlisted for the award was an honour, but I am truly grateful to be thought of as Rotherham apprentice of the year. My time at the AMRC Training Centre has helped me develop not only my skill set but as a person.
“Nikken was my first choice to undertake my apprenticeship, the opportunities they provide to develop my learning and the variety of the work offered has prepared me for a life-long career in engineering.”Focus and passion
Kirbi, of Doncaster, was recognised for her exceptional contribution and commitment to Nikken by a panel of judges from the Barnsley and Rotherham business sector who said her focus and passion for her apprenticeship and the company she works for ‘came through loud and clear’.
The judges said: “She is very focused and determined and has a mature approach. She sees the bigger picture of how the whole organisation functions and how she can impact the business by being flexible and working in other departments.
“Her journey to gain her apprenticeship has not been an easy one, but through sheer grit and determination she gained a place at Nikken. Through her hard work and passion, she is making a difference and an impact in the organisation.”
Service Manager, Mark Timmons, said: “We have three apprentices in the Service Department who have all excelled in their careers. They are fundamental to the future of Nikken and engineering. I look forward to watching Kirbi and our other apprentices’ careers develop as they take on more responsibilities and challenges.”
Director at the AMRC Training Centre, Nikki Jones, said the AMRC Training Centre has enjoyed a proud and long established relationship with Nikken since founding in 2013 and together they continue to produce valued, highly-skilled apprentices year-on-year across several different skill sets.
“Kirbi’s achievement is a continuation of that extremely successful collaboration between the two organisations. It comes as no surprise to us that she has received recognition for her efforts and achievements as an apprentice engineer.
“She is a talented apprentice and a deserving winner. Since joining the AMRC Training Centre with Nikken, she has shown true dedication and commitment to the engineering apprenticeship programme and has seized every opportunity presented to her with passion and vigour. Kirbi is incredibly ambitious and we’re in no doubt she has a very bright and rewarding future ahead of her.”
Nikken is a strong advocate for apprenticeships and is committed to allowing local young people a chance to develop a career and contribute to the future of engineering. With several AMRC Training Centre apprentices already successfully placed throughout the business, in a variety of departments ranging from technical to service and machining, the Apprentice of the Year Award is not the first time Nikken has seen success through their apprentices, having already won the award in 2015 with service engineer, Jonny Watson.
In addition to this award, Kirbi is also shortlisted as a finalist in the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre’s Apprentice of the Year awards and has already won the centre’s ‘Spotlight’ award for the best in cohort last year.