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Gloucester apprentice wins prestigious British Engineering Manufacturers Association award

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Written by: Sophie Flowers | Posted 18 August 2017 16:40

Gloucester apprentice wins prestigious British Engineering Manufacturers Association award

An apprentice patternmaker at Advanced Insulation in Gloucester has become the BEMA ‘Apprentice of the Year’ – a highly prestigious award from the British Engineering Manufacturers Association.

Ben Townsend, 19, is an advocate for the apprenticeship route into the engineering profession and regularly helps to promote this at local schools during career days.

He first became involved with the British Engineering Manufacturers Association (BEMA) when looking for a suitable apprenticeship coming out of school.

Ben said: “My main motivation for becoming an apprentice was the buzz and excitement I knew I would gain from working in the field I am truly passionate about; engineering.

“The enjoyment I get from working with professional engineering patternmakers, creating three-dimensional engineering components from a drawing/CAD data is incredible, and there is the possibility of further education at university; an opportunity which I am happy to embrace.”

“I am honoured to become the ‘Apprentice of the Year’, something I hope will help to inspire other young engineers and those thinking about joining the profession too! I aspire to be a role model, and hope that I am a demonstration of what can be achieved with passion and determination."

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Tony Nash, senior patternmaker at Advanced Insulation and Ben’s mentor, added: “During his time here at Advanced Insulation Ben has been involved with the development of new tooling materials and the introduction of new products. What has really impressed his mentors within the department is his willingness to ask questions and try new things, rather than taking everything he’s told as a given.”

Ian Mynett, chief executive at BEMA, said: “Ben is totally focused and extremely keen. This focus and commitment are to be commended, he will make a great engineer.”

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Andrew Bennion added: “Ben has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today and I’m sure this recognition will have provided an additional boost to his motivation and confidence. To have beaten apprentices from the likes of Dyson and other manufacturing excellence centres is no small feat. We are all very proud of his achievements, Tony and his team in the workshop are delighted.”


Image: Ian Mynett, Chief Executive, BEMA and Ben Townsend, Apprentice Patternmaker, Advanced Insulation.

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