Low on a high after apprentice prize win
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