West Midlands’ engineering stars honoured

The achievements of some of the best young apprentices and adult learners in the West Midlands were in the spotlight at the In-Comm Training Annual Awards.

More than 250 people packed into the Bescot Stadium in Walsall to recognise 10 rising stars of engineering and manufacturing that are helping local companies drive the economic recovery.

Taking the main plaudits on the night was Michael George, who was named as ‘The Peter Wood Memorial Award for Outstanding Learner of the Year’ after impressing bosses at Wolverhampton-based Fellows.

He was joined on stage by double winner Marcus Thomas of Truflo Marine Valves, who received ‘Apprentice of the Year’ (Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) and ‘Most Improved Apprentice of the Year’.

Rebecca Phillips of In-Comm Training and Business Services said it is important that the organisation continues to raise the profile of vocational learning and give it the same profile as other educational routes.

“We are committed to developing the next generation of workers and also helping existing engineers improve their skills so they can tackle new challenges and seek promotion,” she said.

“These accolades are designed to promote the achievements of individuals who are striving to be the best they can be and the importance of Apprenticeships in making this happen and giving companies the skills they need to compete.”