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Duo wins ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in the Plastics Industry Awards

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Duo apprentice Paul Brown, has been named as the 'Apprentice of the Year' at the Plastics Industry Awards 2012, which were held last Friday (28 September).

Paul was entered into the national awards by Duo, where he is two years into an apprenticeship to become a qualified Electro Mechanical Engineer.

Since starting with Duo as a machine operator, Paul successfully gained entry onto the company's apprenticeship scheme, which is supported by National Apprenticeship Service. Paul excelled in his work and studies, achieving his City and Guilds level two certificates in Electro-Technical Technology at Bury College. On completion of his level three qualifications, Paul is to continue his studies with a Higher National Diploma in Electro Mechanical Engineering, sponsored by Duo.

Launched in 2001 and now firmly established as the most respected accolade for the plastics industry, the Plastics Industry Awards recognise excellence in training and environmental performance as well as design and manufacturing. The Awards regularly attract leading companies and top designers from across the sector.

Managing Director David Brimelow, enthused "Paul is a real success story. We identified that he had bags of potential when he worked on the shop floor, and now after joining our apprenticeship scheme, his enthusiasm and dedication means that he is well on his way to building a highly successful career as a qualified engineer. We are thrilled that Paul has won such a highly competitive national award - really well deserved."

David continued: "There are a limited amount of engineers in this field, so it is important that we invest in and develop our own skilled engineers to allow us to deliver the highest quality products at the most competitive prices. At Duo, we strive to identify employees' potential and provide personal development opportunities to both improve productivity and a winning team culture. I cannot stress enough the importance of apprenticeships within businesses of all sizes.  Paul is a testament to the scheme, and a great inspiration to his colleagues."

Paul Brown said on winning his award "As the first engineering apprentice at Duo, I am so pleased to have won the  Plastics Industry Awards both for myself and for Duo which has invested so much in my career progression. It's a brilliant feeling and it's given me a real confidence boost, I can't wait to finish my apprenticeship and then get stuck in to the next stage of my career."

View the photographs and a video of the evenings events online:





Published: 28/09/2012

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