The apprentice has won the award at the 2015 Worcestershire Group Training Association (WGTA) Annual Apprenticeship Awards.
Amber Pettit, 20, has won the Commerce Level 2 Apprentice of the Year award, beating 60 other entrants.
Pettit has been employed at Mazak for just ten months as a Business Administration Level 2 apprentice and had the chance to gain experience in both the sales and finance department.
After completing her one year Level 2 programme in only five months, Pettit is now starting her AAT accountancy qualification, before beginning the Level 3 programme of her apprenticeship next year.
Pettit is one of five business administration apprentices employed by Mazak, with 10% of the company’s workforce now consisting of apprentices.
She commented: “I chose the Mazak apprenticeship scheme instead of attending university as I love hands-on learning and the opportunity of gaining real-world work experience.
“I live locally and drove past Mazak all the time growing up. I knew it was a great local employer and was determined to apply for an apprenticeship straight after my A-Levels.”
Dave Barnett, learning and development manager at Yamazaki Mazak, added: “We presently have 62 apprentices enrolled on our scheme in both factory and business administration roles, but are always on the look-out for the next generation.
“We are currently recruiting apprentices for our 2016 intake and I would urge anyone interested to submit their application as soon as possible.”