In June I received an email informing me that the company had chosen to nominate me for an EEF Future Engineering Awards, in the South East Region First Year Intermediate & Advanced Engineering Apprentice category. I was thrilled that the company thought I deserved recognition for the work I had done so far but when I received a Highly Commended award it was a great feeling knowing that not only did Cellbond recognise my work but so did the likes of Rolls Royce!
The process of applying for the award it helped me realise how much I have achieved so far and how supportive Cellbond has been for my development as an engineer. I had an interview in October in Reading where I took along samples of my work such as the user manuals I have written for our Impactor Centre of Gravity Test Jig and Q-series Abdomen Compression Test Jig. I also took along the neoprene covers I designed and had manufactured for our Flex-PLI Dynamic Test Jig. The support my colleagues have given me has enabled me to acquire the skills to perform these tasks.
The celebration lunch was at Epsom racecourse; Wendy Wiltshire, Matt Dyer and myself had a nice meal while socialising with the others on the table who came from other Engineering companies. After the lunch it was time for the award ceremony; my category was up first. When they read out the judges’ comments for the highly commended award “we were impressed by the samples of work they brought”, “their desire to support others into engineering” & “their future ambitions” I thought they sounded very worthy of the award so was surprised and thrilled when they announced my name!
Well done to everyone here at Cellbond especially the Quality team who implemented the Environmental policies which the whole company follow to help us win the Environmental award. Also thanks to everyone for the support they continue to give me to help me improve my skills and extra thanks must go to Helen, Wendy, Caroline and Matt who all in different ways supported me in applying for this award.