Sheffield engineering apprentice shortlisted for prestigious award

Torston Middleton, a talented young apprentice from Sheffield, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards.

Torston, aged 17, is a first year apprentice at Newburgh Engineering.  He is in the running for the Outstanding Performance by a First Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by JAM Recruitment. He was shortlisted along with 11 other apprentices from across the region after impressing judges with his dedication to his apprenticeship and determination to pursue a career in manufacturing. 

He will find out if he has won the regional title at a ceremony at Rudding Park in Harrogate on 9 February 2015. If successful, he will then go on to compete with other finalists from across the UK for the national title. This will be announced at an awards gala dinner in London in April next year. 

Torston has undertaken his first year training as part of his NVQ in Machining and Fabrication at the AMRC Training Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham before spending 2 months in the apprentice training school within Newburgh Precision's facilities in Rotherham.  He will now continue his NVQ's as part of his apprenticeship whilst gaining experience working in  Newburgh Engineering's Bradwell facility. 

Torston Middleton says: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for this award. Ive learned so much during my apprenticeship and this is the icing on the cake. Im looking forward to finding out the result, but I already feel like a winner for getting this far. 

“The recognition means a lot to me, but more importantly Im on a career path that I enjoy and where my achievements are being valued.  If I can do this then others can too, and I hope it makes other young people think seriously about becoming an apprentice too.” 

John Morris, CEO, JAM Recruitment, says: “This is a great achievement by Torston. Its testament to his dedication that he has been shortlisted for an apprentice award. 

“Apprentices have a vital role to play in the future of engineering and manufacturing and in the wider British economy. Its great to see Torstons efforts being recognised and I wish him the best of luck at the awards ceremony.” 

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Photo: Torston pictured with HRH The Duke of York at the recent opening of the AMRC Training Centre  

Sheffield engineering apprentice shortlisted for prestigious award

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