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15 Apr 2016

Shining stars at apprentice awards

Two of  our employees had their names in lights in March as they were awarded apprentice awards from North Lindsey College.

The first North Lindsey College Apprenticeship Awards were held last month to recognise apprentices and their assessors across the whole of North Lincolnshire for their hard work. Eight Tata Steel employees were nominated, with Electrical Engineering Apprentice Emily Crawford and Plant Engineer Rob Ingham leaving as winners. 

Emily won the Engineering Apprentice of the Year award. Andrew Stagg, Technical Training Delivery Manager, attended the awards and said: "Emily consistently produces high quality work and excelled in her first year, going above and beyond in all her Performing Engineering Operations units. She has also adapted to changing work environments, moving from the workshop to plant and also moving plant areas with short notice." 

"Rob won the Lifetime Apprentice of the Year award for his outstanding achievements throughout his 25 years in the engineering industry. Rob continues to be involved in the apprentice scheme and is passionate about engineering and training, remaining committed to making sure the scheme is the best it can possibly be."

Starting as an apprentice, Rob’s successes include a first class honors degree in engineering from the University of Hull, obtaining chartered engineer status, being chairman of the North Lincolnshire Institute of Measurement and Control and becoming Plant Engineer at Scunthorpe Rod Mill. Rob also spent some time working for Tata Steel in Rotherham and now works as Plant Engineer Energy Operations, Scunthorpe. Andrew added: "It’s fantastic to see the talent within our business being recognised. Emily is a great ambassador for the Apprenticeship Scheme and has represented the company and the scheme at various events including recruitment days. Emily is 100% committed and motivated to undertake tasks both in and out of her job role and Rob is extremely dedicated to his role, the Apprenticeship Scheme and the engineering industry, which is what made them both stand-out winners."

Ashleigh Porter-Exley is an ambassador for apprenticeships and enterprising skills and won the BBC’s Young Apprentice programme. Ashleigh was the special guest of the evening and presented some of the winners with their awards. The event was very well supported with nearly 200 guests including parents, carers, employers and employees. Andrew said: “Congratulations to both our winners and our other apprentices who achieved nominations.”