Bridgend College learners win Apprentice of the Year 2 years in a row
For the second consecutive year, a Bridgend College learner has won the prestigious NTFW Apprentice of the Year Award.
The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality Apprenticeship, Jobs Growth Wales and Traineeship programmes across Wales, which are funded by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund.
Maria Brooks, Apprentice of the Year 2015-16
Working on the production line at Ford gave 28-year-old apprentice Maria a deep curiosity about how engines were built, operated and controlled. It’s this passion for learning that led her to become the first female adult apprentice taken on at Ford’s Bridgend plant. Already an honours graduate in Forensic Chemistry, Maria’s four-year apprenticeship, provided by Bridgend College, will gain her a Higher National Certifi cate (HNC) in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Wales.
Maria is also involved in a ‘girls into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)’ initiative run by the Engineering Education Scheme Wales in partnership with Ford.
Liam Gill, Apprentice of the Year 2014-15
Having changed career from personal trainer to mechanical engineer with Ford Motor Company, Bridgend, Liam attended Bridgend College to learn workshop skills, maintenance techniques and more. He completed his Apprenticeship in Mechanical Maintenance, gaining distinctions in all modules in his Level 3 Extend Diploma in Engineering Maintenance.
Liam said “The Apprenticeship has been the best thing I have ever done, the training techniques and fault diagnosis have been superb and I will be able to use these experiences to take with me when I qualify. I have developed skills specific to my career in engineering as well as other, broader skills that will benefit my career.”
Liam will complete his HNC Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with us this year.