College backs Daniel for apprenticeship award success

Published
15/11/2017 by

BMet has congratulated an apprentice engineer for being a regional winner in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 and is backing him for further success in the national finals. 

Daniel Millington who works at HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd was announced the winner of the Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2017 Award.  The 22-year-old is currently undergoing training at James Watt College in Great Barr. 

On being announced as the winner, Daniel said: “My apprenticeship has not only got me into a field I’m passionate about, it’s also developed me on a personal level.  It’s been one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

“I’m able to gain a degree level qualification, invaluable hands-on experience and work within a vital role which has enabled me to travel overseas on projects.  My apprenticeship has given me the confidence and drive to take on large challenges and to always strive for improvement, leading to my company trusting me with high profile projects.” 

Since starting his apprenticeship with Hydraforce in 2015, Daniel has spent a day a week at college.  This led to him gaining a Level 2 performing engineering operations, followed by Level 3 manufacturing engineering qualifications. 

He has since progressed on to a foundation degree in manufacturing engineering. 

“The training at the college has always been thorough and interesting,” Daniel continued.  “Working with other apprentices has given me a wider understanding of engineering from different industries such as hydraulics, automotive and rail.” 

Michael Townsend, Business Development Manager at BMet commented: “We are thrilled by Daniel’s achievements, both at college and in the workplace.  He has fully embraced all opportunities to learn and make career progress, showing that there are endless possibilities for an apprentice.  

“We’re all rooting for him in the national finals.” 

“We are incredibly proud of Dan,” commented Christine Tolley, Head of Human Resources at Hydraforce Hydraulics Ltd.  “He has shown great promise, is well respected across the business and demonstrates the value of bringing apprentices the company.  We believe is highly deserving of this award.” 

Daniel works within the manufacturing engineering department at Hydraforce Hydraulics Ltd, transferring and introducing new products for the business.   This has led to him setting up new production lines, which has, in turn, created more jobs for the local area, increased capacity, provided savings and has also increased business growth.   

He also deals with a number of projects for continuous improvement and quality assurance. These may stem from production issues to customer concerns but are also allocated through the Six Sigma training which Daniel is currently working through.  

Daniel’s apprenticeship award was sponsored by Severn Trent Water. 

“It’s a great honour and an amazing feeling to win this award,” Daniel added. “I’d like to thank HydraForce for the fantastic mentoring, internal and external training opportunities and the support they’ve provided, since the day I started.” 

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 14th year, showcase the successes and benefits of apprenticeships across England in the last year.

Following the six regional ceremonies taking place across England, winners from each category will have their entries sent for national judging. Three from each category will then be selected as national finalists. The very best employer category entries are also in the running to feature in the prestigious Centrica sponsored Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list 2017.

National award winners and the Top 100 Employers will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 18 January 2018 in London.