The Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, has visited a company with an award-winning apprentice to congratulate him on his achievements.
Ethan Davies is employed by Electroimpact UK Ltd, a world leader in the design and manufacture of aerospace tooling and automation.
Higher apprentice Ethan was a gold medal winner in the CNC Milling category at the WorldSkills UK competition at the UK Skills Show 2015.
He is now heading to the EuroSkills finals Gothenburg in December, one of only two competitors from Wales to represent Team UK.
EuroSkills is Europe’s biggest skills competition and aims to improve the quality, status and attraction of vocational training.
Young people up to the age of 25 from all over Europe will compete for the European title in vocational skills.
Visitors and competitors can take part in a range of side events, including try-a-skill challenges, exhibitions and seminars.
Around 450 young people up to the age of 25 from about 30 different countries will compete.
Ethan is one of only ten Welsh competitors shortlisted to go Abu Dhabi in 2017 to represent the UK in the WorldSkills Finals.
Minister for Skills and Science Julie James said:
“Electroimpact is a shining example of a forward thinking company that understands the benefits of apprenticeship programmes, and Ethan is a dedicated and talented higher apprentice. I wish him the very best of luck in Gothenburg and beyond.
“Apprenticeships can help tackle skills shortages, deliver skills designed around business needs, and help develop specialist skills needed to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices.”
Machine Shop and Apprentice Training Manager at Electroimpact, Matthew Booth said:
“I am extremely pleased with how much the apprenticeship scheme has benefitted our company; all our apprentices are hardworking, self-motivated and talented individuals who come together as a perfect team.
“Ethan has proved that with hard work and dedication you can reach your goals and go beyond them, I am very proud of his achievements and he is a shining example not only to our apprentices but also to apprentices worldwide.”
Higher Apprentice at Electroimpact, Ethan Davies said:
“I am a keen advocate of apprenticeship schemes and how they can be a beneficial addition to a company, as well as a brilliant opportunity for young people to begin a dream career.
“To have the support of Julie James going into WorldSkills as well as EuroSkills is a great boost, where I will hopefully thrive and come away with medals.”
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.