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Tomorrow's manufacturers pick up accolades

28 April 2009

Three young apprentices from Sheffield Forgemasters have taken top honours at an industry awards ceremony.

Philip Jackson, Charles Dowell and John Sanderson, who all work at Forgemasters, one of the region's key manufacturing companies, scooped over £1,000 worth of travel and book awards between them.

The jointly-financed awards from the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers and the Company of Cutlers are designed to offer young employees the opportunity to experience how comparable industries operate abroad and were presented during a ceremony at the Cutlers Hall, Sheffield. 

Forgemasters, which last year took on a record breaking number of apprentices, now employs over 62 trainees and is looking to take on another dozen this year.

Steve Tagg, HR Manager at SFIL, said: "We get huge interest in our apprenticeships and the calibre of applications is rising all the time. We are delighted and proud that our employees have been recognised for these awards."

Apprentices at the company have tasted success before picking up top industry awards such as the EEF Young Engineer of the Year award.

And this looks set to continue as the amount of apprentices has now grown to make up nearly 10% of the workforce at SFIL which is based on a 64-acre site in Sheffield.

During the presentation, which saw a range of prizes and awards up for grabs, 11 young people were honoured, including students from Sheffield Hallam University. 

The prizes were presented by Jonathan Haw, Master of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers. Philip won a £500 travel award and £50 book prize, John was presented with a £500 travel prize and Charles took a £50 book prize.

Martin Howell, the Master Cutler, said: "Our two historic companies always want to provide practical encouragement to the young people working towards a career in manufacturing industry. 

"They will be the engineers, managers and material scientists of tomorrow. It is on their future careers that the success of manufacturing industry across the Hallamshire will depend."