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College student nominated for ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at The Sentinel Business Awards 2017.

27th February 2017

Engineering Apprentice, Nathan Thorley is celebrating after making it through to the final three nominees in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category of The Sentinel Business Awards 2017. 

College student nominated for ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at The Sentinel Business Awards 2017.

The Sentinel Business Awards, brings together a who’s who of the business community from across Staffordshire and South Cheshire, rewarding achievement, innovation and success across all industries.

The 20-year-old from Birches Head, started his apprenticeship with air filtration manufacturer, Dustcheck, in 2013 and has since then become an integral part of the business.

Chris Taylor, Workshop Manager at Dustcheck said: “Nathan’s maturity in the workplace is also reflected in his commitment to make personal investments in the development of his career. His decision to continue his studies at College is valued by Dustcheck and his work colleagues as a significant statement of intent.”

Throughout his time at Dustcheck, Nathan has been consistently recognized for his TIG welding ability – a specialist arc welding process for products which are required to have no edges, lips or corners.

This unique strength means he has the ability to complete high specification jobs that normally would not be assigned to an apprentice.

Nathan, said this about his nomination: “It feels great to have been nominated for the award and see that all the effort I’ve put into my work be recognised. Both Dustcheck and Newcastle-under-Lyme College have been incredibly supportive throughout my apprenticeship and I look forward to representing them both on the night.”

Head of Work Based Learning at NULC, Jane Tunnicliff said: “We’re delighted that Nathan has been recognised for his outstanding contributions during his apprenticeship at Dustcheck. Nathan is a shining example of how work-based training is a successful alternative to traditional academic study and how apprentices can benefit employers.”

Nathan, will now compete against two other exceptional young people from the region at a glittering awards ceremony to be held at the King’s Hall in Stoke, on 30 March 2017.


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