Talented teen’s top apprenticeship award

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A TEENAGER from a Rotherham company, who has the sole responsibility for making vital gearbox components for a British bid to travel faster than 1,000 miles an hour on land, has been named Made in Sheffield Apprentice of the Year.

Luke Thickett, aged 18, is making the components as part of Rotherham-based Newburgh Engineering’s contribution to the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project.

Judges at the Made in Sheffield Awards described him as “exceptionally talented” and said he had “over-achieved at a young age”.

They were particularly impressed that he had been trusted with the high profile Bloodhound project, had accepted responsibility and delivered consistently.

The Made in Sheffield Awards celebrate the region’s most innovative and successful manufacturing businesses and are open to manufacturing companies located in the ‘S’ postcode area. The event was staged as part of the Global Manufacturing Festival

Other awards:

Made in Sheffield Award: AESSEAL

Entrepreneurial Award: Sheffield Precision Medical.

Investment in People Award: Newburgh Engineering.

Exporter of the Year: Rollem

Innovation Award: Kostal.