Adam over­comes health prob­lems to land dream job

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

A BLOOD con­di­tion caused this Val­leys man to miss lec­tures and work on his ap­pren­tice­ship due to spend­ing long pe­ri­ods of time in hospi­tal.

But Adam Griffiths has over­come huge ad­ver­sity and symp­toms of an aneurysm to achieve top marks in his civil en­gi­neer­ing course, as well as se­cur­ing a job at the end of it.

Adam, 28, from Ynysybwl, who has now fin­ished his Civil En­gi­neer­ing Tech­ni­cian ap­pren­tice­ship with Brid­gend Col­lege, hav­ing worked with Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil, said: “I have worked hard over the past two years to achieve the marks I have been awarded and though I have en­coun­tered ob­sta­cles and dif­fi­cul­ties, I have per­se­vered, given my best and over­come these chal­lenges.”

De­spite miss­ing lec­tures due to the health is­sue, which oc­curs when an artery’s wall weak­ens caus­ing an ab­nor­mally large bulge that then cre­ates a risk of in­ter­nal bleed­ing, Adam achieved a dis­tinc­tion in his first year. And if that wasn’t enough, he then went on to achieve a Btec Level 3 Di­ploma Construction and Built En­vi­ron­ment and Level 3 Di­ploma in Civil En­gi­neer­ing for Tech­ni­cians as well as other qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Dur­ing the course, he also helped de­velop sev­eral ICT projects, and is now a full-time tech­ni­cal sup­port as­sis­tant about to take a Higher Na­tional Di­ploma in Civil En­gi­neer­ing.

Maria Jones, ap­pren­tice­ship co-or­di­na­tor for RCT Coun­cil, said: “Adam’s en­thu­si­asm, will­ing­ness to learn and de­sire to use in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to im­prove or de­velop sys­tems has made him an im­por­tant mem­ber of our team. He has great po­ten­tial to ad­vance in the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion.”

Due to his suc­cess, he has been short­listed along­side 30 oth­ers for the Ap­pren­tice of the Year ac­co­lade at the Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards Cymru cer­e­mony to be held at the Celtic Manor Re­sort, New­port on Oc­to­ber 20.

Jointly or­gan­ised by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Train­ing Fed­er­a­tion for Wales (NTfW), the awards are spon­sored by Pear­son PLC and sup­ported by Me­dia Wales.

Welsh Gov­ern­ment skills and sci­ence min­is­ter, Julie James, said: “This year’s short­listed en­trants in­clude ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als who have ex­celled in their work­place and learn­ing providers and em­ploy­ers that have gone the ex­tra mile to sup­port the ap­pren­tices they are work­ing with. Their sto­ries never cease to amaze and in­spire.”

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