The very best apprentices from engineering and manufacturing companies in the Thames Valley and Solent & South Central region have been recognised at the second annual Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year awards.
Caitlin Smyth of Middlesex Aerospace was one of just seven finalists who were invited to a special presentation at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry. The visit included a tour of its pioneering R&D facility.
Caitlin commented. What I saw at the MTC was phenomenal. It was so interesting to see all that technology that is in fingertip reach but isn’t yet being widely used. I can see some things that we could use at Middlesex Aerospace, especially on the robotics side in our manufacturing processes. Robotics would mean you could utilise your employees on more productive work and make your manufacturing process second to none. More people should consider apprenticeships – you can’t beat the experience and the knowledge you gain.
Peter Laurie, head of client relations at The Business Magazine, said: “This year we had two categories to encourage smaller businesses to enter. I’d like to thank the judges – with so many very good entries choosing the winners wasn’t an easy task. It’s a great achievement to have been shortlisted and I’m pleased to say we have seven very strong finalists and two worthy winners.”
The judges commented on how they were really impressed by the process improvements Caitlin has been driving, particularly in BSI audits. She encouraged the company to sign up to the Women in Aviation charter and supports other apprentices in the business.
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