Adam overcomes health problems to land dream job
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.”