Philip Rowland, an apprentice at Birley Manafacturing, has picked up Learner of the Year Award 2012-2013 from Chesterfield College.
Philip, 19, from Lodge Moor, Sheffield joined Birley in 2009 when he was selected as the new apprentice for the sheet metal fabrication department, starting straight from school.
He is undergoing a four year apprenticeship, currently in his final year, as an Apprentice Fabricator/Welder.
He attends Chesterfield College one day a week which is paid for by Birley Manufacturing.
Philip has already achieved his Level 3 Certificate in Welding & Fabrication and last month completed his Diploma. He was awarded Best Performing Learner ABC Level 3 Diploma Y1 in Fabrication & Welding 2011-2012 by Chesterfield College Directorate of Engineering and has held on to this title again this year.
Birley’s managing director Steve English said:
“I am delighted that Philip continues to receive recognition for his hard work. Philip was selected from a large number of applicants for his apprenticeship and we chose well!
“He has been a credit to Birley, working hard at college and achieving beyond our original expectations. We have great hopes that he will continue to flourish here at Birley and we will support him throughout to reach his full potential.”
Birley Manufacturing is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers for interior environments and rail carriage equipment and works with some of the UK’s top names, such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, NatWest and First Great Western Trains.