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Young achievers promote opportunities in engineering

3rd November 2016

A former engineering apprentice teamed up with a professional footballer to offer inspiration to young people from HETA as they set out into the world of work.

Zoe Sparling, who began her engineering career at HETA, was joined by Grimsby Town player Shaun Pearson in speaking to successful learners as the company held the annual awards for its Scunthorpe and Stallingborough sites at the Humber Royal Hotel in Grimsby.

The recipients, who were recognised for their successes during the first year of their training, were joined by their families and by representatives of some of the biggest businesses in the region, many of which sponsored the awards.

Dr Malcolm Joslin, chair of HETA’s trustees, told the apprentices that securing a place with the company was in itself a significant achievement. HETA usually receives around 800 applications but only accepts about 200 new apprentices each year.

Dr Joslin added that the apprentices themselves are great advertisements for the quality of the training and for the opportunities which exist in engineering.

He said:

Zoe was an inspirational speaker at the awards as she told about her experience building a career as a Process Control Specialist at Phillips 66. Zoe won one of the categories at her own HETA apprenticeship awards evening only three years ago and she is now studying for a Higher National Diploma in Operations Engineering.

Shaun urged the apprentices to put their hearts into their work because that can make a difference even if someone else has greater ability. He drew on his own experience to show the value of perseverance. At 18, his dream of being a professional footballer seemed a long way from reality, but his determination and family support has helped him become a professional in the Football League with Grimsby Town.

This is a great time for young people to consider entering an apprenticeship. There is commitment from government and a number of local companies are turning to apprentices as they recognise the need to replace an ageing workforce in the engineering sector.

Scunthorpe award winners

  • Most Improved Electrical Apprentice (sponsored by Wienerberger) – Owen Linford.
  • Overall Electrical Apprentice (Sponsored by Greenergy Biofuels) – Ryan Kirk.
  • Most Improved Mechanical Apprentice (sponsored by Wienerberger) – Daniel Matson.
  • Overall Mechanical Apprentice (sponsored by Wienerberger) – Luke Glaves.
  • Overall Apprentice (sponsored by Greenergy Biofuels) – Gregory Northgreaves.
  • Excellence in Health & Safety (sponsored by Arcmaster) – Sam Curtis.

Stallingborough award winners

  • Most Improved Electrical Apprentice (sponsored by P66) – Connor Holmes.
  • Overall Electrical Apprentice (Sponsored by Total LOR) – Joseph Taylor.
  • Most Improved Mechanical Apprentice (sponsored by P66) – Ben Blockley.
  • Overall Mechanical Apprentice (sponsored by ABP) – Samuel Bevan.
  • Most Improved Wind Turbine Apprentice (sponsored by Blackrow) – William Portlock.
  • Overall Wind Turbine Apprentice (sponsored by Blackrow) – Amy Harris.
  • Most Improved Fabrication Apprentice (sponsored by P66) – Joel Hargreaves.
  • Overall Fabrication Apprentice (sponsored by P66) – Charlie Leggett.Most Improved Instrumentation Apprentice (sponsored by P66) – Ashley Flemming.
  • Overall Instrumentation Apprentice (sponsored by Total LOR) – Michael Avis.
  • Overall Apprentice (sponsored by VPI Immingham) – Ryan Griffin.
  • Excellence in Health & Safety (sponsored by CATCH) – Daniel Cook.
  • Grimsby Energy Institute Renewables Award (sponsored by Energy Institute) – Freya Spong.

Additional recognition awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsored by Rocol) – John Beech.
  • IMechE Award of Excellence (sponsored by IMechE) – Luke Cappleman.