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Two Sewtec apprentices shortlisted for national engineering award

Sewtec’s Jordan Wright and Tomas Preidys have been shortlisted as finalists for ‘engineering apprentice of the year’ at the prestigious Make UK awards.

Now a fully qualified Sewtec employee, Jordan is nominated for the final-year apprentice award. Tomas is currently in the second year of his apprenticeship to become a C.N.C machinist and has been shortlisted for the first-year apprentice award.

Both shone out from among hundreds of entrants across Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East, passing the first round of judging in the annual awards run by the manufacturers’ association, formerly called the EEF.

Following further judging, the regional winners will be announced at the Make UK North East, Yorkshire & Humberside Dinner on October 8 at the National Railway Museum in York.

All Sewtec’s apprentices are offered permanent roles with the business, because we do not see apprentices as cheap labour but the future talent of our business. When we are recruiting for apprentices, we are really recruiting for Sewtec employees.

Currently, we have five apprentices, with three more due to join later this year, and we intend for all these  to be retained in the business.

Commenting on his shortlisting, Jordan said: “I believe a key characteristic of being an engineer is that we don’t make a ‘song and dance’ about the work we do. Of course, I’d very much like to have the kudos of winning this award and I’m proud to have been nominated. But the most important thing to me is that I enjoy my job and continue learning and progressing at Sewtec.”

Tomas added: “Winning this award would be another sign that my hard work is appreciated and is paying off. It would be a huge personal accomplishment for me.”

To read more from Tomas on his first year at Sewtec and why he chose a career in automation, read his ‘day in the life’ article here.

Congratulating the apprentices on their success, Sewtec director of business support, Mark Atkins, said: “Jordan is one of Sewtec’s shining stars and the future is very bright for him at the company. I have worked in HR for over 20 years and he is the benchmark to model future apprentices on.

“Similarly, in just one year of being with Sewtec, Tomas has made an incredible impact and is already an integral part of the team. Considering he arrived in the UK with his parents from Lithuania aged 10 and speaking literally no English, his achievements are even more remarkable.

“Importantly, apprenticeships are not just for school leavers nor should they just be for factory floor roles. We are proud to have our first finance apprentice working in the team. And we are also bringing in two older apprentices, both already some years into a career and looking to retrain.”

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