Top apprentice award honours

FINALS: Philip Pendrigh will go through to a national final in January. Photo contributed.
FINALS: Philip Pendrigh will go through to a national final in January. Photo contributed.
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Two High Peak apprentices are celebrating after both were recognised for their efforts.

James Bradley 21, of Whaley Bridge, who has completed his four year mechanical engineering apprenticeship at pharmaceuticals Giant AstraZeneca, has been named their Apprentice of the Year.

AWARD: James Bradley from Whaley Bridge. Photo contributed.

AWARD: James Bradley from Whaley Bridge. Photo contributed.

He received the award at the European Facilities Management presentation evening at Alderley Park, Cheshire.

The award was programmed as the highlight of the evening and was announced by the Head of Facilities Management Peter Andersson who had specifically flown in from Sweden to attend the ceremony.

James was presented with a Trophy along with a cash reward for his achievement.

While Philip Pendrigh, 20, originally from Chinley, was recognised in the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2011 winning the Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice Award in the EEF Midlands Region.

Philip works for Wolverhampton-based HS Marston Aerospace Ltd, which designs and manufactures heat transfer equipment for the aerospace sector.

Richard Halstead, EEF Midlands Regional Director, said: “This award was fiercely contested and it was a difficult choice to select from the high quality entries we received.

“Philip’s talents and hard work mark him out as a winner who will inspire other young people to achieve.

“He is a great ambassador for UK manufacturing and has an exciting future ahead of him. I wish him continued success and best of luck in the national final.”

Philip will go forward to compete against other regional winners from across the UK in EEF’s National Awards final, in London on January 26.