Wimborne apprentice strikes gold at regional manufacturing awards

Natasha Nichols with her certificate at the MAKE UK awards
Natasha Nichols with her certificate at the MAKE UK awards

Natasha Nichols, a first-year engineering apprentice at Wimborne based Superior Seals struck gold at the regional heats of a major national manufacturing awards programme organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The awards which recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in six categories, as well as two Apprentice categories, were presented at the South annual dinner of Make UK which was sponsored by Japanese IT solutions provider Hulft and Menzies LLP.

Although new in her career, judges heard how Natasha has already made a substantial impact within Superior Seals. Through developing innovations at Superior Seals the panel of judges also heard of the positive steps Natasha has taken in supporting school events to promote apprenticeships and demonstrating how successful new entrants to the manufacturing sector can be in such a short space of time.

Caroline Milton, Partner and Manufacturing specialist at Menzies, says: “UK manufacturing is a great British success story. A healthy sector is instrumental in driving economic growth and plays a critical role in rebalancing the economy. The Future Manufacturing awards recognise the importance of manufacturers and apprentices across Britain, reminding us of their contribution and the hard work, dedication and ambition going on in every part of this vibrant sector. We congratulate all winners for their achievements and wish them the best of luck at the national finals.”

Also picking up an honour was G W Martin who were highly commended in the developing future talent award. Judges heard how G W Martin’s apprentice programme sees new applicants start in the quality department and then circulated across the business, gaining invaluable experiences. The result was commendable experience, completion rates and talent development.

Russell Kirby, Senior Director, Business Development EMEA at Hulf says. “Britain is one of the world's biggest manufacturing nations, and it is a great privilege to be working with MAKE UK to help support and champion UK manufacturing. The sector is facing significant change, as a result of what is being referred to as the 4th industrial revolution, and it is important that businesses are given the right opportunities to properly position themselves for the future. We are looking forward to getting out to meet MAKE UK’s members and being part of such an important and credible awards programme.”

All the winners will now go forward to the national finals to be judged in London in December.


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