Tainee’s top apprentice joy

Role model: Jonathan Todd (centre) with his Outstanding Achievement Award, together with Nic Erskine, from Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies (left) and  EEF Midlands Regional Director Richard Halstead.
Role model: Jonathan Todd (centre) with his Outstanding Achievement Award, together with Nic Erskine, from Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies (left) and EEF Midlands Regional Director Richard Halstead.
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Newburgh Engineering trainee Jonathan Todd has been named one of the region’s top apprentices.

Jonathan, 21, from Bamford, works at the precision component manufacturer’s Bradwell plant in Derbyshire and has won an EEF Future Manufacturing Award for Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice in the East Midlands.

Newburgh, which also has a state-of-the-art facility in Rotherham, said it had been impressed by Jonathan’s strong work ethic and upbeat attitude, continually striving to do his best at whatever task he is given, and embracing every opportunity available to him

EEF Midlands region director Richard Halstead said: “This award was fiercely contested and it was a difficult choice to select from the high quality entries we received.

“Jonathan is an extremely hard working individual with a passion for engineering – this marked him out as a role model who will inspire other young people to achieve. He is a great ambassador for UK manufacturing and has an exciting future ahead of him.”

Jonathan decided to become an apprentice after completing his A-Levels.

He said: “A lot of my friends chose to go to university.

“I had other ideas.

“I wanted to do something that did not involve being in debt and would mean on-the-job training where I could gain qualifications as well as experience.

“I firmly believe I selected the correct option.

“I really enjoy my work and am looking forward to progressing in the future within Newburgh Engineering.”