Three apprentices of Yamazaki Mazak in UK have won awards at the annual Worcestershire Group Training Association awards ceremony. All three winners are now working full time at the company's facility in Worcester.
Bethany Addis is the first woman to ever win Engineering Apprentice of the Year. The 17-year old, who is in her second year of a three year apprenticeship, is also the first ever female machining apprentice at the manufacturing plant of Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester.
Harry Fuller, 17 won the Personal Development Award. He is in the second year of a four year sheet metal apprenticeship
The third winner is Joe Kennie, 21, who won the Post-First Year Craft Apprentice of the Year Award. He is currently working in the heavy machining section as part of his three-year apprenticeship with Mazak.
The company is very proud of their outstanding apprentices: “These three awards are testament to the ‘can do’ attitude of all our apprentices, their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. It is to the great credit of everyone in our Learning and Development Team, specifically Dave Barnett and Chris Morris, who have provided an outstanding working and learning environment in which young people can thrive,” said Richard Smith, European Group Managing Director at Yamazaki Mazak. He continued: “I am particularly pleased with Bethany’s award and I hope it sends a signal that engineering and manufacturing is no longer an exclusively male profession.”