Mazak apprentice wins award

Posted on 26 Nov 2015 by The Manufacturer

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.”