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One of our young apprentices has beaten off competition from across the West Midlands to secure a major honour at the recent In-Comm Training Awards.
James Sutor, who is in the second year of his Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship with us, was Highly Commended in the ‘Learner of the Year – Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies’ category.
He collected his award in front of over 350 people at Birmingham’s ICC last week, impressing judges with the way he has grown into his role to support other engineers, develop new manufacturing documentation and support production teams with assembly issues.
A recent project to design, manufacture and develop a new electrical test box is also set to eliminate nearly £9,000 of downtime costs, showcasing the importance he is already having on the business.
“The In-Comm recognition shows just how far James has come in his time at PP and we are very proud of his achievements,” explained Mark Johnson, Engineering Manager at PP Control & Automation.
“This award will give him confidence and I’m sure he will continue to develop and become a highly skilled and professional engineer with us.”
James, who has already presented about ‘a career in engineering’ at a Careers Open Day, concluded: “I wasn’t expecting to win so to go on stage in front of so many people was a bit daunting, but fantastic at the same time.
“My apprenticeship has seen me spend time in different parts of the business and this has given me the opportunity to learn lots of skills that I can use when building machines for our customers.
“In 5 years-time, I hope to be a competent electrical engineer and in a position where others feel they can come to me for information and guidance.”
PP Control & Automation is committed to developing the engineers of the future and see it as a critical part of bridging the UK’s skills gap.
We currently support 10 young people in various stages of their education, including apprentices studying at NVQ Level 2 right through to Bachelor Level Degrees.