Low on a high after ap­pren­tice prize win

Bangor Mail - - WRITTEN BY YOU - Danielle Moore and Mathew Davies with their awards

AP­PREN­TICES and em­ploy­ers from across North Wales were cel­e­brated at Grŵp Llan­drillo Me­nai’s an­nual Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards cer­e­mony, which was spon­sored by Hori­zon Nu­clear Power.

The awards cer­e­mony, which was held for the first time at Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity’s Pritchard Jones Hall, saw plas­ter­ing ap­pren­tice Matthew Low pre­sented with the high­est ac­co­lade: ‘Ap­pren­tice of the year 2018’ – an award which is be­stowed on just one ap­pren­tice se­lected ected from the evening’s cateat­e­gory win­ners.

Matthew is a stu­u­dent at Co­leg Me­nai i and is em­ployed by MJ Hughes Fire­places and Stoves.

A plas­terer by trade, Matthew was awarded over­all ‘Ap­pren­tice of The Year 2018’ for his re­mark­able achieve­ment in be­ing se­lected to com­pete for the UK K squad at WorldSkills in Kazan 2019, as well as his outstanding com­mit­m­mit­ment, tal­ent and progress rogress through­out his train­ing. ng.

Places on the UK Squad are hotly-con­tested and Matthew qual­i­fied for a place in his sec­ondary skill of dry lin­ing and plas­ter­ing.

He gained his place on the squad by fin­ish­ing in the high­est qual­i­fy­ing place at the an­nual skills com­pe­ti­tion in Birm­ing­ham ear­lier this year.

Aiy­ee­sha Bar­ron-Clark, who works at the ‘Catch 22’ Brasserie on An­gle­sey, won ‘Ap­pren­tice of the Year – Hos­pi­tal- ity’ cat­e­gory. She was also in con­tention for the top prize. An up-and- com­ing young chef, Aiy­ee­sha re­cently rep­re­sented Grŵp Llan­drillo Me­nai at the Welsh In­ter­na­tional Culi­nary Cham­pi­onships, where she came away with five awards. These in­cluded a bronze medal in the Skills Com­pe­ti­tion Wales con­test, which qual­i­fies her for the UK fi­nal in Birm­ing­ham later this year. Joint win­ner of the ‘Ap­pren­tice of o the Year – Busi­ness, Cus­tomer Ser­vice and Retail’ award was w Mat Davies. He is a for­mer ap­pren­tice and now full-time me mem­ber of staff at Grŵp Ll Llan­drillo Me­nai. He said: “I was r re­ally pleased to win an award at the A Ap­prent i c e s h i p s Awards cer­e­mony. “I’m so glad I chose to do an a p p re n t i c e s h i p in­stead of go­ing to uni­ver­sity, as it’s re­ally re helped me to get wh where I am to­day. “The ap­pren­tice­ship has g given me the op­por­tu­nity to gain skills while at work. “I’m now no in the process of com­plet­ing l ti my Higher Ap­pren­tice­ship, which has en­abled me to get a uni­ver­sity-level qual­i­fi­ca­tion while work­ing, with­out the ex­pen­sive fees. I’ve also come away with a full­time job that I re­ally en­joy!”

Young peo­ple of busi­ness who are in­ter­ested in do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship should visit: www.gllm.ac.uk/busnes or con­tact 08445 460 460.

The win­ning ap­pren­tices on stage with Mat Low to the fore­ground, who re­ceived his award from Dafydd Evans of Grwp Llan­drillo Me­nai and Richard Fox­hall, Hori­zon Nu­clear Power

Aiy­ee­sha Bar­ron-Clark

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