NETA is celebrating after scooping two top awards at ENGIE Fabricom’s Excellence Awards 2016.
Fabrication plating apprentice Tom Laverick won the Apprentice Engineering Technician Award while NETA assessor Tony Hull picked up an Apprentice Assessor of the Year award.
“I was over the moon to win,” said Tom, who is in the third year of his apprenticeship with Fabricom. “I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
The Fabricom Excellence Awards ceremony is designed to celebrate and encourage, not only the young individuals who have excelled within the business this year, but also for employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the company.
This year’s glittering ceremony was held at The Deep in Hull and marked the 10th anniversary of the awards.
Yvonne Day, Fabricom’s Resource and Development Director UK, said: “This whole event shows our continued support in individual’s development throughout the organisation. We need a new generation of talent entering the world of engineering.”
Delighted to have his hard work recognised, NETA apprentice Tom explained that he decided to retrain in fabrication and plating after previously struggling to find work.
The 25-year-old dad-of-one from Middlesbrough said: “I had been working in a casino for three years but it wasn’t what I wanted to do.”
He said choosing an apprenticeship seemed the best way to build a new career. Securing a position at Fabricom Tom spent his first 10 months learning the foundations of his trade at NETA.
“Having a family to provide for I thought this was now or never for me. I knew I needed to give it my all,” he said.
To get the most from an apprenticeship he said: “You have to give 100% and always work to the best of your ability.”
Now a Fabricom Excellence Award winner it is a formula that seems to be working for him.