HepcoMotion and Braintree Precision Components (BPC), both part of the Hepco group of families, excelled at the regional finals of this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. Five apprentices from HepcoMotion, and three apprentices from BPC have been recognised by judges in the apprentice awards, recognising the outstanding contribution being made by manufacturing apprentices across the region.
Calum Hutcheon, aged 19, a first year apprentice at Tiverton-based engineering firm HepcoMotion led the way by winning gold in the Business Apprentice First Year Award. He was joined on the podium by Robert Hardie, aged 25, a final year apprentice at HepcoMotion, who won silver in the Intermediate & Advanced Final Year Apprentice Award category. Finally, they were also joined by Tobias Cowan, aged 20, a first year apprentice at HepcoMotion, who was runner up for the Intermediate & Advanced First Year Apprentice Award.
Two further apprentices from HepcoMotion also received recognition with 17 year old Jenny Spence named as a finalist in the Business Apprentice First Year Award, and Stevie Anderson named as a finalist in the Higher Apprentice First Year Award.
At Braintree Precision Components, Jamie Matthew, aged 21, fought off competition from across the region to take gold in the Intermediate & Advanced First Year Apprentice Award. Judges said they had been overwhelmed by the high calibre of apprentices nominated this year, making Jamie’s win even more of an achievement. Additionally, Jonathan Barnard, aged 19, who works for Braintree Precision Components, fought off competition from across the region to take silver in the Intermediate & Advanced First Year Apprentice Award. Making it a hat trick for BPC, first year engineering apprentice Joshua Ayling came third in this award. Based in Essex, BPC manufacturers Hepco’s world-class V groove and roller bearings.
The awards are highly-respected and hotly contested with winners selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics. The talented young people from Tiverton beat off competition from across the region and won judges over with their commitment, ambition and drive to pursue a career in manufacturing.
Calum and Jamie are now in the running for the national titles where he will go head-to-head with regional winners from across the UK at the national awards gala in London in January next year.
Terry Scuoler CBE, CEO at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation: “These talented apprentices undoubtedly deserve this recognition. They won the judges over with their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication. It’s right that they should be congratulated for doing so well, especially when up against other candidates of such high quality.
“Manufacturing is essential to British economic success and apprentices have a vital role to play in securing the future of our sector. It’s great to see their efforts being recognised and I wish them the best of luck with their future careers in manufacturing.”
Linear motion expert HepcoMotion is committed to the development of young, enthusiastic engineers who have the desire to progress up the career ladder. Offering a well-renowned apprenticeship scheme, Hepco has a strong history working with apprentices as many of the managers and even the chairman himself, started work at HepcoMotion as apprentices. Indeed, nearly 50% of Hepco’s engineering production staff are either apprentices or former apprentices.
For more information about the awards visit: www.eef.org.uk/awards/
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