Sandvik Coromant’s Sheffield, UK–based apprentice Jake Matthewman was named runner-up for the National Craft Skills Award, an annual prize from Semta, the UK sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.
An independent panel of judges determined the winners of this year’s Metals Industry Apprentice of the Year Competition, which is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers of the City of London. As runner-up for one of the two awards the competition offers, Matthewman will receive a £100 voucher.
“Jake Matthewman was among the highest level of entrants for this year’s craft skills award,” said Joe Hargreaves, Matthewman’s training coordinator from the Semta Apprenticeship Service. “He was chosen as runner-up for demonstrating a consistently high performance level and excellent achievements in his practical and academic work.”
Semta has offered apprenticeships for the metals and manufacturing sector for the past 10 years and has seen a consistently high completion rate, Hargreaves noted.
Robert Bloomfield, senior manager for human resources at Sandvik Coromant, said Matthewman would progress through the company’s apprentice-training programme in Sheffield to become a qualified engineer in its R&D facility. “It is always very encouraging to see our apprentices recognised for their hard work. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to have three very capable engineering apprentices, as that resource will equip us with valuable skills in the future.”
Matthewman will complete his three-and-a-half-year advanced apprenticeship in mechanical manufacturing and engineering in June 2013 and receive a Level 3 BTEC diploma in manufacturing engineering from Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. He plans to go on to Sheffield Hallam University then, to pursue a foundation degree in manufacturing engineering.
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