Andrew Jackson, an apprentice at Shipley-based Centa Transmissions Limited, has been named 2013 “Apprentice of the Year” by Bradford College.
Andrew, 22, a BTEC Level 3 Diploma National Certificate of Manufacturing Engineering student, was nominated by his college tutor and has completed two years of a four year course. Bob Arnott, Centa’s managing director, explains, “Andrew has applied himself superbly, both at Centa and in respect of the training at Bradford College. His Apprenticeship has given him a strong grounding within the manufacturing discipline and he has the potential to progress to become a skilled engineer in the future. Centa has employed a number of apprentices in various manufacturing and design roles and we have found them all to be assets to the business. “
Commenting on his win, Andrew said: “I am honoured to receive this award and feel that my hard work is paying off. Centa is an excellent company to work for and I am involved in the production of a wide variety of interesting and varied projects”
Says Geraldine McCallum, Curriculum Team Leader Engineering at Bradford College, “Andrew has shown great interest in CAD and has completed all of his projects with little or no help from his Tutor. In Year 2 he has successfully obtained a Distinction grade and what we particularly like about him is his motivation and drive to complete his tasks to the best of his ability. He has been a credit to Centa throughout the course.
Pictured presenting Andrew Jackson with his award are Bradford College staff, Graham Smith, City training team leader for engineering (left) and Sandy Young, Engineering Programme Manager (right).