Mazak Apprentices Enjoy Award-Winning Night

Yamazaki Mazak apprentices celebrated a series of wins at the 2018 Worcestershire Group Training Association (WGTA) Annual Awards evening.
The event, which showcases those that have excelled over the last 12 months, was held on Wednesday 14th November at Sixways Stadium in Worcester. Three Mazak apprentices picked up individual awards at the ceremony.  
The first winner was Arandeep Kallar, an electrical apprentice in his second year. Arandeep scooped the Engineering Endeavour Award for the technical and personal skills he has established, as well as his “impressive commitment” and enthusiasm towards his apprenticeship.
Second year SMD apprentice, Zac Norton, won the Engineering Development Award for demonstrating key communication and leadership skills and for taking significant steps to develop himself on a personal level too.
Finally, Demelza Pike, picked up the Commerce Level 3/4 Apprentice of the Year Award, and was also short-listed for the Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year at the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. Demelza was recognised for the high standard to which she completes her work, and the manner in which she has managed and built supplier relationships.
With a history spanning over 25 years training apprentices, Mazak also held its own internal apprentice awards. The event took place on 9th November 2018, and featured eight categories. The winners included Alex Roberts; First Year Production Apprentice of the Year, Beth Addis; Second Year Apprentice of the Year, Tom Lock; Final Year Production Apprentice of the Year, Sam Piper; Most Improved Apprentice of the Year, and Demelza Pike; Commercial Apprentice of the Year.
Mazak employees were also nominated by the apprentices and recognised at the ceremony too. Rob Grimes picked up Apprentice Champion of the Year, Lol Savage won Cadet Champion of the Year and SSC was awarded Apprentice Section of the Year.
Richard Smith, European Group Managing Director at Yamazaki Mazak commented: “It is not only our role to support and train the next generation of engineers, but to applaud their ongoing achievements as well. For that I’d like to wholeheartedly congratulate the apprentices on their respective wins at both the WGTA ceremony and our internal awards. All of them are brilliant examples to their peers and in particular, we hope that they will be seen as an inspiration by the newest intake of apprentices.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Learning and Development Team, specifically Dave Barnett and Chris Morris, who play a vital role in our exceptional apprenticeship programme.”