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Gilkes are this week celebrating the graduation of another group of highly talented apprentices. They have all completed the 4 year engineering apprenticeship course and were presented with their certificates of achievement by the Gilkes Chairman. Gilkes apprentices are mentored in machining and assembly on the shop floor before transferring into the engineering offices.
Having completed the 4 years, 3 of the group are continuing their education through a sponsored university place, undertaking a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree course.
Gilkes Chairman, Charles Crewdson said: "I am very pleased to present our most recent batch of apprentices with their certificates of achievement in recognition of all their hard work and wish them future success as they embark on the next stage of their career."
Engineering and manufacturing industries can offer exciting career prospects in tough and challenging environments. The graduate's achievement and inspiring talent both practically and academically has been remarkable and hugely rewarding. Gilkes will now sponsor their ongoing professional development and training as a strategic commitment, strengthening and stimulating the frontiers of science and technology.
Kendal College is Gilkes primary training provider for apprenticeships and play a key role in their development. Working closely with the college allows us to develop both an academic and practical framework that suits Gilkes and the apprentice, this relationship works well and advances our apprentices.
'Throughout the 4 years of my apprenticeship I have learnt a great deal and without the support from Gilkes I don't think I would be the engineer I am today.'
'I have always had a strong interest in engineering of any kind, however, it is only through the endless training and opportunities that have been presented to me throughout my apprenticeship that I have come to realise manufacturing engineering is the career I want to pursue.'
'A highlight for me this year was being awarded the 'Young Engineer of the Year' in the 'Technician' category, by the Pump Centre, in recognition of significant engineering achievements based on my major projects within the company.'
'I look forward to continuing my progression within the company through working on new projects and designing future Gilkes pumps. I hope to gain more experience and expand the scope of my knowledge of engineering through a part time degree, which the company has kindly sponsored me to complete.'