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Prestigious prizes for Forgemasters' apprentices

30 March 2010

Four Sheffield Forgemasters apprentices have taken prestigious prizes at the Joint Education Awards staged by Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and the Worshipful Company of Armours & Brasiers.

Luke Connelly, a fourth year apprentice maintenance fitter at Hawke Street rolls department, secured the top prize of a travel token for £500. 

Luke will use the token to visit the Corus steel plant in Port Talbot to study how Forgemasters’ work rolls are put to use. 

Apprentice maintenance fitter, Oliver Hill, also at Hawke Street, and Forge-based apprentice maintenance fitters, Antony Wilshaw and Joss Carrington, were awarded £50 book tokens, following a quartet of successful submissions to the awards.  

A panel of judges chose the winners after each entrant made a short presentation on where they would like to travel and why. 

The awards, which recognise the talent of young engineers who could play a crucial role in the future of local industry, were presented by Master Cutler James Newman.  

Mr Newman said: “These young engineers and designers represent the future of the manufacturing industry in the region – a future which is becoming increasingly secure as our reputation for excellence gradually spreads.  

“The awards will allow them to expand their horizons by providing the means for them to increase their knowledge and extend their learning in a practical way.” 

First established in the 1920s, the awards acknowledge the importance of education and learning and are designed to encourage apprentices to expand their knowledge of the industry through travel and reading.