Mazak British apprentice wins prestigious award
UK - A Yamazaki Mazak apprentice has won a prestigious award at the 2015 Worcestershire Group Training Association (WGTA) Annual Apprenticeship Awards.
Amber Pettit, 20, has won the Commerce Level 2 Apprentice of the Year award, beating strong competition from 60 other entrants. Amber has worked at Mazak for just ten months, as a Business Administration Level 2 apprentice, gaining experience in both the sales and finance departments, and mastering important business principles, such as project and budget management.
Amber completed her one year Level 2 programme in only five months, and is now starting her AAT accountancy qualification, before beginning the Level 3 programme of her apprenticeship next year. Amber is one of five Business Administration apprentices employed by Mazak, with 10 per cent of the company’s workforce now consisting of apprentices.
Amber commented: “I chose the Mazak apprenticeship scheme instead of attending university as I love hands-on learning and the opportunity of gaining real-world work experience. I live locally and drove past Mazak all the time growing up. I knew it was a great local employer and was determined to apply for an apprenticeship straight after my A-Levels.”
Dave Barnett, Learning and Development Manager at Yamazaki Mazak, commented: “We really value our apprentices and the part they play in making Mazak a great place to work. Amber has been an outstanding apprentice and has made a superb contribution in the short time she has been with us.
“We presently have 62 apprentices enrolled on our scheme in both factory and business administration roles, but are always on the look-out for the next generation. We are currently recruiting apprentices for our 2016 intake and I would urge anyone interested to submit their application as soon as possible.”