A Coleg y Cymoedd apprentice for British Airways Maintenance Cardiff narrowly missed out on an apprentice of the year award.
22 year old Aled Hughes from Abercynon was nominated as a Welsh Finalist at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards in the Apprentice of the Year category.
Aled was shortlisted after going through a vigorous interview process to be nominated for the award and attended the recent award ceremony at Chester St Davids.
Aled said â€œI have thoroughly enjoyed the entire apprenticeship programme, and I feel it has given me the best start I could have hoped for in my chosen career.
I am entirely grateful to have been nominated for the award. The apprenticeship has presented challenges at times however this recognition makes all of the hard work worth it!â€
British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) head of operations, Stuart Rich, said: â€œEveryone here at BAMC is extremely proud of Aled.
â€œHe is a great ambassador for the airline, is extremely professional and along with all our apprentices is a highly valued member of the BAMC family.
â€The British Airways apprenticeship programme demands the very highest standards, and weâ€™re very pleased that those qualities have been recognised in Aledâ€™s achievement.â€
Coleg y Cymoedd tutor Steve Manning â€œThe apprenticeship requires dedication, commitment and focus, not just for one day, week or month but 3 whole years! Aled has maintained all these features whilst attaining an extremely high standard of work both academically and practically.
â€œAled has outstanding personal qualities, especially for someone so young, always friendly, well spoken, good mannered but above all a very professional attitude.
â€œWhatever the task, this individual approaches it with the same boundless enthusiasm to meet the target or goal that has been set. As we all know this industry relies heavily on Team Work and it is here where Aled really shines being able to mix with others at all levels and contribute fully. It has been a very great pleasure to work with and witness such a talent.â€
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are the most established and respected regional and national recognition of manufacturing success.
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