Birmingham apprentices shortlisted for award

James Doughty

James Doughty

Five talented Birmingham apprentices have been shortlisted for a prestigious award in the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards.

The apprentices are all in the running for an Outstanding Performance by a First and Final Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by JAM Recruitment.

The shortlisted apprentices include James Doughty from Castle Bromwich, aged 26, a final year apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover, James Attebery from Sutton Coldfield, aged 21, a final year apprentice at UTC Aerospace Systems and John Fitzpatrick from Erdington, aged 21, a first year apprentice at Pilkington NSG Group.

The finalists also include Matthew Hancock from Northfield, aged 19 and Megan O’Shea from King’s Norton, aged 17, both of whom are first year apprentices at Ishida Europe

Matthew Hancock

Matthew Hancock

They were selected along with seven other apprentices from the Midlands after impressing judges with their dedication and determination to pursue a career in manufacturing.

The apprentices will find out if they have won the regional title at a ceremony at Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon on February 5 next year. If successful, they will then go on to compete with other finalists from across the UK for the national title. This will be announced at an awards gala dinner in London in April next year.

Three of the apprentices, James Attebery, John Fitzpatrick and Megan O’Shea, are no strangers to success. They were recently awarded for their hard work at EEF’s training centre in Aston. They received their awards from Perry Barr MP, Khalid Mahmood, after being nominated by training staff impressed with their attitudes.

Ed Moss, chair of judges for the apprentice awards, said: “The fact that five talented young apprentices have been shortlisted from this area is testament to the calibre of the individuals and the value placed on apprenticeships today.

“The standard of entries has been higher than ever this year – in the eyes of the judges and the employers who nominated them, these shortlisted apprentices are already winners.”