Apprentices recognised at annual awards

Matthew Barnes receives KITS Apprentice of the Year Award 2015'13.05.15

Matthew Barnes receives KITS Apprentice of the Year Award 2015'13.05.15

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Apprentices were the stars of the show as Brighouse-based engineering training provider Kirkdale Industrial Training Services held its annual awards ceremony at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top.

The event is held every year to celebrate and recognise the achievements of learners and apprentices, predominantly in the 16-21 age category.

Master Cutler David Grey MBE, who was the guest speaker, said: “It is really great to be invited to be guest of honour at the ceremony.

“It is important that we recognise the achievement of the learners in gaining apprenticeships and qualifications that will stand them in good stead throughout the rest of their career and their life.”

He told the apprentices they were the future of engineering and through hard work they had a good career ahead of them.”

More than 100 certificates and special awards ranging from ‘Best Mechanical Apprentice’ to ‘Overall Apprentice of the Year’ were presented on the evening.

Matthew Barnes, who works for Brighouse-based machinery manufacturers Asquith Butler, was given the apprentice of the year accolade.

David Todhunter, KITS chief executive, said: “Tonights guest list includes representation of member companies who are crucial in the partnership of the training and development of youngsters to a standard of best in class in terms of engineering achievement.

“It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the continuing challenges and sometimes difficult operating environment that continues to prevail employers, and to thank them for their continued support to KITS, their innovative ability to look beyond the next year by so positively planning ahead and continuing to recruit apprentices.“