WEC Group celebrates the success of its apprentices at the annual Apprentice of the Year Awards 2017

The Apprentice of the Year awards ceremony is designed to recognise the success of our welding/fabrication, CNC machining, technical production engineering and office-based apprentices.

We also celebrated the success of our welding and fabrication apprentices at our new MTL Advanced Training Academy in Rotherham, as well as those who are training at Sherburn Metalwork.

Students were presented with awards based on their commitment and academic achievements as well as welding, machining and technical production engineering excellence. Those who have successfully completed the five year course were also awarded.

Michael Grimshaw, a welding and fabrication apprentice in Darwen, won this year's Apprentice of the Year Award after being recognised for his workmanship, work ethic and for winning Gold in Construction Metalwork at this year's WorldSkills UK competition.

MTL's Apprentice of the Year title was won by Christina Bubb, after being praised for her natural talent for engineering and for winning Rotherham's intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award earlier this year.

Kris Mercer, Training & Development Manager said: "Our apprentice of the year awards at Blackburn Rovers was once again a huge success. The event is always a testament to the amount of effort and commitment the students put into their work every day.

"Our apprentices are an exceptionally talented group of people of all ages, and it's important that we continue to reward them for their hard work and talents."

Further awards were presented based on the apprentices' success at this year’s WorldSkills UK competition in Construction Metalwork, bringing home gold for the third year in a row as well as silver and Highly Commended.

Graham Liver, BBC Radio Lancashire Breakfast Show Presenter, was the guest speaker at the event. He praised the Training Academy set up by WEC Group in 2006, after the apprentices helped him with his BBC Children in Need fundraisers for the past 2 years.

Photographs from the evening are available to browse below: