• A COLEG CAMBRIA apprentice has picked up one of the most prestigious prizes in work-based learning.

Carwyn Roberts, from Trefnant, was given the Engineering Apprentice Final Year Award at the Make UK Wales virtual ceremony, sponsored by Sony TEC.

 A CNC Machining Apprentice at the Airbus wing-making factory in Broughton, and learner at the college’s Bersham Road site in Wrexham, Carwyn was commended for his “willingness to take on new tasks” and a strong work ethic.

 The 21 year-old is in his final year with Cambria – the apprenticeship was extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic – and thanked lecturers for their support.

 “It is a great honour and was quite a shock,” said the former pupil at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph.

 “I look forward to completing my apprenticeship with Cambria and hope to go on to have a career in the aerospace sector. Thanks to Adam Youens and the team at the college for putting me forward, it’s a nice surprise.”

 Judges said: “Carwyn completed his NVQ in record time which is due to his drive and determination to advance within the sector. We’re keen to keep an eye on Carwyn and can see him leading a business in the not so distant future.”

Janis Richards, Region Director for Make UK in Wales, added: “These awards are a testament to the dynamic companies and individuals working within engineering and manufacturing.

“The sector has been at the heart of delivering during the crisis and as we re-build our economy there will be a bright future for companies and individuals that make the most of their talent.”

Carwyn will now go forward to the national finals to compete against other regional winners across the UK.

Last year, he picked up a silver medal at the WorldSkills UK Live finals in Birmingham and was selected for the Long Squad to represent the country in CNC Milling at WorldSkills in Shanghai, known as the Skills Olympics.

Carwyn also won gold in the CNC Milling category at Skills Competition Wales.

Cambria Engineering lecturer and WorldSkills UK Training Manager Adam Youens congratulated him on his success, and said: “I have mentored Carwyn in CNC Milling over the last couple of years and have always been impressed by his ability, attitude and hard work,” said Adam.

“He thoroughly deserves this prize and is always willing to go the extra mile in learning new skills as an engineer.

“Carwyn is a model apprentice and a great role model for all of the students at Bersham Road – we wish him the best of luck for his future career and the rest of his time with us at Coleg Cambria.”

Sponsoring the event, Gerald Kelly, Director of Professional Services at Sony UK TEC, added:

“Apprentices play a huge role in our industry and we are proud to recognise the next generation who will drive forward our sector towards a bright future.

“We would like to congratulate all of the winners for their well-deserved achievements and dedication to the profession.”

For more information on the Make UK Wales Awards, visit www.makeuk.org

Visit www.cambria.ac.uk for more on the wide range of apprenticeships and courses available at Coleg Cambria.

About Make UK

Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.

Collectively we represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. We directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of Make UK. Everything we do – from providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU – is designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.

From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, our advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused.

About Sony UK TEC

Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) is a world-class manufacturing centre of excellence producing Broadcast and Professional Cameras and Camera Systems. Since 1999, the Pencoed facility has manufactured broadcast products of highest quality and reliability for the professional market.

As the only Sony factory outside of Japan to manufacture the latest ‘next generation’ 4K camera units, it is at the forefront of the industry and employs over 700 highly skilled team players, who help to create some of the most advanced technology on the global market.

Alongside the manufacture of Sony products, its world-class engineers also work across third-party collaborative manufacturing on products including the Raspberry Pi. They also work to pioneer the latest ground-breaking manufacturing processes of the future, through the Advanced Manufacturing Research Operations Centre.

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