Bridgend College and Ford Bridgend celebrate shortlist achievement for apprentice.

Bridgend College apprentice, Ryan Brown, has recently been shortlisted for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

Ryan, 26, is hoping to be crowned Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious awards ceremony, to be held at the Celtic Manor Resort on November the 9th.

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru is jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). The awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and training providers across Wales who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships and Apprenticeship Programmes. This year, thirty top employers, learners and providers from across Wales have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

Ryan was made redundant by Ford Motor Company’s Bridgend plant, where he worked as an operator and team leader. He took this opportunity however to retrain.

He secured an Apprenticeship on Ford’s electrical training programme where he now has a different role programming and working with robots, providing breakdown cover and finding ways to save the company money.

Ryan enjoys his new role and said,

“I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an apprentice and have since seized every available opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing processes and the systems surrounding them.”

Congratulating Ryan on being shortlisted for an award, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan said:

“Apprenticeship Awards Cymru showcase the success of the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeships and Traineeships Programmes and the achievements of our star apprentices, employers, learning providers and trainees.”

Ryan has contributed to establishing an Emerging Technologies department at the Bridgend Engine Plant, taking on a leading role in additive manufacturing. The department is seeking to cut costs and Ryan has used a 3D printer to make one component that is set to save the company £29,340 a year.

Before starting his apprenticeship, Ryan had achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Electronic and System Communication Engineering from the University of Wales, Newport.

Next summer, Ryan will complete the final year of his HNC in Electrical Engineering at Bridgend College and his BEng degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Wales, Trinity St David’s in Swansea. He then hopes to study for a Master’s Degree in Engineering.

Many successful careers begin with apprenticeships and employers are generally keen to support and invest in the training and re-training of their staff. Benefits for employers include developing a professional skilled workforce, thus improving productivity, and reducing business costs.

Bridgend College offers over 60 apprenticeships courses held at our Bridgend and Pencoed campuses. The College has seen many of its apprentices successfully move on to full and part-time careers, and are proud to have produced previous winners of the National Training Federation for Wales’ Apprentice of the Year.

Last year saw Bridgend College learner Alice Slennett successfully complete her apprenticeship at the College and go on to win the Young Apprentice Award 2017.

Good luck Ryan, from all at Bridgend College.