South Wales business supports engineers of the future

Coleg y Cymoedd’s mechanical engineering learners have been recognised by industry for their high standard of work. The successful full time learners and apprentices are studying on a range of courses at the Nantgarw campus.

This year’s cohort of mechanical engineering learners attracted the attention of representatives from Buck & Hickman for their excellent academic achievements during their studies at the college and for many, also at their work placements.

The organisation who supply South Wales manufacturing businesses with a wide range of specialist products and services, kindly offered its support to sponsor this year’s awards.

During the departmental awards all learners were congratulated for their hard work and commitment; with the following learners receiving Tooling vouchers and certificates in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Will Davies received the overall Mechanical Apprentice of the Year 2018. Will was described as an exemplary learner and thoroughly deserving of this award. As well as producing work of the highest standard, Will has an engaging personality and has a fantastic work ethic. Polite, courteous, and conscientious, staff described Will as a ‘pleasure to teach’. He has completed several periods of work placement during this academic year with a range of employers, all of whom have offered him a full time apprenticeship programme. Will has now accepted an apprenticeship with Kauten –Textron.

Brendon Lee was awarded the GE Aviation Apprentice of the Year 2018. He completed his practical work to a very high standard and well ahead of schedule. Selecting the winner for this category was a particularly difficult task for the staff due to the high standards set by this years’ cohort of 1st year GE Aviation Apprentices. Brendon completed a Level 2 engineering programme at Nantgarw last year before becoming an apprentice last September. Always polite and hardworking, staff believe Brendon will be an asset to his employer.

Connor Paskell has worked very hard this year, consistently producing work of the highest standard. With a strong desire to succeed, Connor completed his practical assessments ahead of schedule. He is currently being interviewed and will hopefully gain an apprenticeship soon. Connor received the award for BTEC (EEP) Apprentice of the Year (group 1) 2018.

Manmeet Singh studying on the BTEC (EEP) secured the Apprentice of the Year (group 2) 2018. The teaching team described Manmeet as a highly motivated learner with a passion for learning. Conscientious with an excellent work ethic, Manmeet completed all of his practical assessments and is now attending work placement with his sponsor employer (High Precision Wales) one day each week. Manmeet has all the right attributes for a very successful career in engineering. He is already leading the way in his company using CAM packages and operating the newly purchased CNC machining centre.

Ioan Middleton was awarded VRQ (EEP) Apprentice of the Year (group 2) 2018. Ioan has a positive demeanour and his tutors stated he has been a pleasure to teach. He is inquisitive and enthusiastic and has produced work of the highest standard throughout the year. Ioan is a very courteous, pleasant young man who works hard. He has recently attained a placement with Pullman Rail which he hopes will result in an apprenticeship in September 2018.

The final award of the afternoon was awarded to Kian Lloyd Boulton, he received the Level 2 Mechanical Learner of the Year Award. Kian is studying at level 2 this year, showing commitment and dedication to his studies from the first day in college. Kian has applied for the level 3 Enhanced Engineering Programme (EEP) for next year as part of his journey to a successful career in engineering.

Gavin Davies, Assistant Principal (Quality Improvement) said” I am delighted that the learners have been recognised for their academic achievements; they have all worked hard throughout their course. I am also grateful to their tutors for the support they have given them.

The college wish them every success in their employment and future studies, I hope the ‘learning experience’ they have received at Coleg y Cymoedd will put them in good stead for the future. We are grateful to Buck & Hickman for sponsorship; making this event possible.

Coleg y Cymoedd is proud of its facilities and has made significant investment in its provision. The college boasts industry standard machinery/equipment and provides high quality engineering training.



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