Apprentice pulls in the award

Apprentice Project Manager, Luke Pettican-Boyes, has won £1,000 through the Company of Cutlers and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers’ funding awards scheme for young people.

The Awards, of up to £1,500, recognise worthy engineering and manufacturing projects and the money will enable Luke to travel to visit Qenos, a new customer in Australia, to look at a potential revenue stream for the company through the refurbishment of industrial pressure vessels.

Luke has completed his Association for Project Management Level 4 Qualification and is in the final year of his Apprenticeship with Sheffield Forgemasters, having managed manufacturing projects within the UK Defence Sector with Babcock International, the Steel Processing Sector with multiple international customers and more recently, within the Engineering Product Sector.

Sheffield Forgemasters aims to match the award funding to help Luke get the most out of his trip, which will focus on a visit Qenos to establish first-hand knowledge of the new contract requirements, cost competitively for potential future work and cement new business relationships.

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Luke, collecting his award at the prestigious Cutlers Hall

Another purpose of Luke’s visit is to preserve skills/knowledge of pressure vessels, a sector that Sheffield Forgemasters has operated in for many years. The company has an ageing workforce and needs to protect this knowledge for future generations.

A key reason for the company’s apprenticeship scheme is to keep skills within the business. Luke is one of those apprentices who can capitalise by learning everything there is to know about these vessels and will be able to pass that knowledge on to the next generation of engineers.

Well done Luke – we hope you enjoy the trip!