KG Washford Apprentice Celebrates Awards Success

October 23, 2018
Tom Jennings
KG Washford’s MD Phil Brook (left) congratulates apprentice Tom Jennings on his Award

Congratulations to KG Washford’s young apprentice, Tom Jennings, who is celebrating success at the recent Midlands Group Training Services (MGTS) 2018 Apprentice Awards for Worcestershire/South Birmingham. 18 years old Tom from Studley, managed to beat off stiff competition from fellow MGTS engineering apprentices across the region to win the accolade “Most Improved Apprentice of the Year” at the Awards Ceremony held at the MGTS Training Centre in Redditch.

The award was presented by David Bridgens, CEO at MGTS, and Tom’s tremendous achievement was commended by Jason Woliter, MGTS Technical Training Instructor, who said, “At the start of the programme Tom doubted his own ability to achieve the targets set. However, slowly but surely, he stuck at each challenge, and constantly progressed to achieve the required standard. His confidence grew with each successful outcome as did his ability.  His effort and determination paid dividends transforming him into a confident, capable and mature student. This is a very well-deserved award.  Congratulations and well done to Tom.”

Having sponsored his first year’s tuition at MGTS, KG Washford is now providing Tom with remunerated, on-the-job training and mentoring at their premises in Redditch. Working under the guidance of Head of Rigs, Ranjeet Singh, Tom is currently learning the engineering skills required to fabricate, build and maintain hydro-mechanical rigs for testing fuel flow systems on aircraft engines, an area of expertise for which KG Washford is renowned as being one of the leading specialists in the UK.

Tom’s structured 3-year programme of training will also see him experiencing other facets of precision engineering undertaken by KG Washford, such as wire erosion, CNC Milling and Turning, ensuring that he will have a well-rounded, engineering skill-set with which to decide his future career direction.

A delighted Phil Brook, KG Washford’s Managing Director, supported Tom at the Awards ceremony and commented, “We are immensely proud of Tom’s achievement. Tom has worked extremely hard and impressed everyone at KG Washford with his enthusiasm, dedication and willingness to learn.

“The UK has an enormous skills gap in engineering and it’s also an industry with an older age profile. We at KGW are determined to focus on the next generation and to keep developing their talents for the future.”