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Sheffield Forgemasters apprentice secures national recognition

15 July 2010

A Sheffield Forgemasters apprentice defeated a host of challengers from across the country to take an accolade in a prestigious nationwide competition.

Jordan Elliot, 17, was awarded a £100 cheque after finishing second in the Craft Skills category of the 2010 Metskill Metals industry apprentice of the year. 

Jordan, from Sheffield, is in his second year as a maintenance apprentice fitter at the 200-year-old manufacturing specialist.

Jordan said: “I thoroughly enjoy working at Forgemasters and have really developed my skills during my time here. It’s great to receive recognition, but at the moment I’m just focused on finishing my apprenticeship.”

Steve Tagg, group training and development manager at Forgemasters, said: “Jordan has done amazingly well and everyone here is very proud of him. He takes a real interest in his work and tries to ensure that every task is completed perfectly. 

“We get huge interest in our apprenticeships and the calibre of applications is rising all the time. We are always delighted and proud when our apprentices are recognised for the superb work they do.”

Apprentices at Forgemasters have tasted success before - picking up top industry awards such as the EEF Future Manufacturing Apprentice of the year and Young Engineer of the Year.

This trend looks set to continue as the amount of apprentices has grown to make up nearly ten percent of the workforce at the 64-acre Brightside Lane site.

Apprentice manager at Metskill, Simon Prince, said: “The awards recognise young people that have come into the industry and shown an exemplary attitude and awareness.

“Jordan has done exceptionally well and his runner-up place is well deserved. I have no doubt he will continue to progress in his future career.”