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Airbus apprentice wins top engineering prize

Posted on 06 Nov 2020 and read 893 times
Airbus apprentice wins top engineering prizeCarwyn Roberts, a 21-year-old Airbus apprentice from Trefnant, picked up one of the most prestigious prizes in work-based learning when he won the Engineering Apprentice Final Year Award at the Make UK Wales virtual ceremony, which was sponsored by Sony UK TEC.

A CNC machining apprentice at the Airbus wing-making factory in Broughton (he also attends the Sony college’s Bersham Road site in Wrexham), Mr Roberts was commended for his “willingness to take on new tasks” and a strong work ethic.

Judges said: “Carwyn completed his NVQ in record time which is due to his drive and determination to advance within the sector. We’re keen to keep an eye on Carwyn and can see him leading a business in the not so distant future.”

Janis Richards, region director for Make UK in Wales, added: “These awards are a testament to the dynamic companies and individuals working within engineering and manufacturing.

“The sector has been at the heart of delivering during the Covid pandemic; and as we rebuild our economy there will be a bright future for companies and individuals that make the most of their talent.”

Mr Roberts will now go forward to the UK finals to compete against regional winners from the rest of the UK. Last year, he picked up a silver medal at the WorldSkills UK Live finals in Birmingham.

Gerald Kelly, director of professional services at Sony UK TEC, said: “Apprentices play a huge role in our industry and we are proud to recognise the next generation who will drive forward our sector towards a bright future. We would like to congratulate all of the winners for their well-deserved achievements and dedication to the profession.”

More information on the Make UK Wales Awards can be found at the Web site (www.makeuk.org).