• Sat. Apr 13th, 2024

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Manufacturing apprentice makes his mark at regional awards

Leading complex sheet metal fabricator Universal Wolf has cause to celebrate this week as one of their apprentices has claimed a highly coveted prize.

Connor Little, 21, from Hadston in Northumberland, is a trainee quality inspector at the Blyth based firm, now entering the final year of his training at the business. He was nominated for Apprentice of the Year at the 10th annual Northumberland Business Awards, competing against five other strong candidates for the prize. The county-wide awards see many top businesses enter their best trainees for the title.

Connor attended the awards ceremony, held at Linden Hall, with his colleagues and several team members from Universal Wolf’s sister company, Tharsus, the mechanical engineering and robotics specialists.

Tharsus group were delighted to have a total of three apprentices shortlisted, with their recruits, Rebecca Henry and Jack Thomas, also among the contenders.

Connor says he was over the moon to be named as the category winner and receive the trophy.

“When they read out my name I was just in shock, I was happy just to be nominated and I really didn’t expect to win!

“I’d like to thank the team around me as I couldn’t have done it without them. They’ve supported me all the way and motivated me to be the person I am today. I’m hoping this award can be the first of many!”

Universal Wolf Director Peter Sayer said;

“Connor has always shown exceptional dedication to his role as trainee inspector, exploring every aspect of work at a sheet metal fabrication company in minute detail and always suggesting and introducing improvements to processes if he can identify them. He goes above and beyond in his role and supports his fellow apprentices in their training as much as he can.

“Having worked with him and seen this from him every day, none of us here at Universal Wolf were surprised to see him take the prize. Connor embodies our company philosophy, always striving for better, always looking to improve and always pursuing perfection. He’s a real asset to the company with an exciting career ahead of him and everyone is so pleased to see him win.”

The exceptional performance of Tharsus groups’ apprentices is a ringing endorsement of the quality of their carefully planned training offer. A strong believer in the value of apprenticeships, a range of opportunities are regularly available at both Universal Wolf and Tharsus, with diverse roles varying from mechanical and electro-mechanical engineering to HR, finance, design and business administration.

Available roles are advertised in the careers section on their respective websites. Visit the sites; www.universalwolf.com and www.tharsus.co.uk to find out more.

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