Apprentice secures top award after only two months of training

Apprentice Sam Weedon wins Apprentice of the Year at the Cornwall Manufacturers Awards having only been in an Apprenticeship for two months at Daften Die-Casting.

Sam Weedon 17 from Wadebridge, studied an Extended Diploma in Engineering at Truro and Penwith College after completing his GCSEs and secured himself a Saturday job at at Daften Die-Casting, a family run die-casting and power-coating business in Wadebridge to support his studies, taking any opportunity to move around the factory and develop his skills in as many areas as possible.

Impressed with the level of Sam’s work, Daften Die-Casting offered him an Apprenticeship job on completion of his fulltime studies, allowing him to take his first step on the career ladder while continuing to gain nationally recognised qualifications. Daften’s faith in Sam paid off, after submitting a nomination to the Cornwall Manufacturers Awards just two months into his Apprenticeship saw him crowned Apprentice of the Year at the recent awards evening at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay.

Sam said: “Winning the Apprentice of the Year category was extremely unexpected considering the standards of the other nominees. It’s great to be acknowledged for the effort I have put into my work – I’m excited for the future and the possibilities the Apprenticeship has already given me. “

Sam is the third Truro and Penwith College Apprentice to win this award in a row, highlighting the College’s Ofsted outstanding provision.

Nick Tillyer, Programme Team Leader – Automotive, Construction & Engineering at Truro College said: “Sam has consistently performed above expectations at both Truro and Penwith College and his employer Daften Die-Casting. Sam capitalised on the skills learnt from his L3 Extended Diploma course in Engineering when moving into employment and continues to add significant value to the team at Daften.”

 Nick continued; “We are proud to support Sam, his success gives us confidence in our provision and confirms our developmental support of learners effectively prepares them for employment in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.”

The awards are attended to by over 150 of the county’s top business leaders and manufacturing pioneers in the industry and recognises the very best talent in Cornwall.

Tom Moran, Business Development Manager, Truro and Penwith College; “The College are proud to support the engineering and manufacturing industry and have done so for a number of years. Our partnerships with employers is important in order to identify the skills gaps and most importantly how we can respond to the industry’s needs to ensure the delivery of training and the new Apprenticeship standards support the workforce of the future”.

If you are interested in Apprenticeship training contact the College’s Apprenticeship team on 01872 242711 /