We are pleased to announce that one of the apprentices we support has been recognised with an award from the Rotary Club of Darlaston. Jamal Brown, who was nominated by his training adviser Dave Wood, was presented with the Doug Bridgwood Darlaston Apprentice of the Year Award at a celebration evening Darlaston Sports and Social Club on 24th April.
Jamal, 20, from Great Barr started his journey in 2013 on a traineeship, completing a level 1 engineering qualification. He has now completed level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeships, all while working at forging company George Dyke. Jamal became interested in engineering at school whilst completing his BTEC qualification and was keen to try it at a higher level. He started his intermediate apprenticeship in performing engineering operations with Performance Through People three years ago and has also recently completed his advanced toolmaking apprenticeship.
Jamal has shown a particularly good understanding and ability in CNC machining/ programming, so much so that when his mentor left the company Jamal was challenged by the company to take on the role of running not one but two CNC milling machines. Jamal rose to the challenge, earning praise from the company for doing such a good job.
Jamal is now looking to continue to learn in his job role at George Dyke and has also expressed an interest in a level 4 qualification.
When Jamal was informed that he had been nominated for this Award his response was that he was both grateful and proud. His employer, George Dyke, said they were extremely happy for Jamal and that the nomination was deserved, as he had worked really hard to make huge improvements to both his skills and his maturity in the workshop, becoming a valuable member of the Toolroom team.
Angela Underhill, Darlaston Councillor and former Mayor of Walsall, said “As a Darlaston Councillor I am pleased that we have four finalists of such a high calibre. Jamal Brown is a credit to George Dyke Ltd in Darlaston. He justifiably deserved this award.”
Photo shows Jamal Brown, Barbara Bridgwood, award sponsor and Ashley Gray, district governor.