A South Yorkshire apprentice has been named Apprentice of the Year in a special awards ceremony at the House of Commons.
Ben Thompson, a 22-year-old electro-mechanical engineering apprentice within Veolia’s Sheffield District Energy Team, was recognised by Skills Minister Nick Boles MP this week.
Ben, who grew up in Lodgemoor and now lives in Barnsley, said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today had I not got on to the scheme. The best part is that throughout my apprenticeship, not only have I developed skills and furthered my education, I have also earned a living.”
Ben has completed an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering, including a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with a double grade Distinction*. With the help of Campus Veolia, the company’s in-house learning and development centre, Ben is now undertaking NVQ Level 4 in Engineering and his second year in HNC Engineering.
Nick Boles MP said: “At 22, Ben’s already developed a range of high-quality engineering skills. Apprenticeship programmes mean that talented young people like Ben are embarking on rewarding careers.”