KIngfisher industrial apprentice wins New College engineering apprenticeship achiever of the year award
- 10 August 2011
- Company & Industry News
Kingfisher Industrial, a UK leader in wear protection technology, is celebrating the achievement of its employee, Richard Onions, in winning the Engineering Apprenticeship Achiever of the year award from the NEW (North East Worcestershire) group of colleges. With campuses at Bromsgrove and Redditch, NEW College has been recognised as an outstanding "Beacon" institution, and is notable for its successful apprenticeship school, which has been rated by Ofsted as Grade 1 (outstanding).
Presented by well known author and Journalist, Eve Pollard OBE, at an awards ceremony in Bromsgrove on 23rd June, the NEW Engineering Apprenticeship Achiever Award is considered very prestigious, as all students from engineering courses run by the faculties at Bromsgrove & Redditch are considered for nomination.
"We are very proud of Richard, and extend to him our warmest congratulations," said John Connolly, MD of Kingfisher Industrial. "Richard's achievement is testament to his, intelligence, commitment and hard work. It is also evidence of the quality ethos that extends to every area of Kingfisher's operations. Richard is part of an integrated organisation that delivers excellence and strives for continual improvement in all its undertakings. This is endorsed by the renewal of our recent annual integrated management system (IMS) audit, which confirms our registration to three key management standards: ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001:2004 and OHSAS18001:2007, underpining our commitment to our customers ensuring compliance to quality, H&S and environmental obligations."
Richard is 21 and has worked for Kingfisher Industrial for 4 years; starting straight from school in an office administration role. He quickly progressed through to sales administrator, then sales estimator and is now training to be an internal sales engineer.
"I am very grateful to Kingfisher for the opportunity that the company gave me when I joined straight from school; and the enlightened decision to invest in my education against a backdrop of limited opportunities for apprenticeships in the UK," said Richard. "I hope that I have gone some way to repaying the company's faith in my ability, by winning this award, which says as much about my employer as myself. I would also like to thank all the Kingfisher employees that have helped me and been so supportive whilst I have been undertaking my apprenticeship."