Stephen Bentley receiving award from Ron Faulkner

Published February 8th, 2017 | News

Stephen wins Apprentice of the Year

Wirral Met College level three engineering apprentice Stephen Bentley was presented with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) Apprentice of the Year award by Ron Faulkner, Professional Development Consultant of IMechE, at a special presentation ceremony which took place recently at the college’s Birches Restaurant.  Stephen was joined by his parents, his tutors, college manager Pat Malone and college director Heather Aspinwall to celebrate his success.

My career has progressed dramatically since studying at Wirral Metropolitan College.

Before starting his apprenticeship, Stephen Bentley was working as an assembly operative at Henrob in Deeside. He decided to become an engineering apprentice to enable him to progress from his role as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operator to a new role as a CNC machinist.  Stephen completed his level two intermediate engineering apprentice in record time in just one year (when this usually takes two years to complete) before progressing onto the level three apprenticeship in mechanical manufacturing engineering.

Stephen completed his level three apprenticeship with Henrob Ltd and has since progressed into his dream job within an exciting new role working with McLaren Automotive in Woking, Surrey.  Stephen said, “My career has progressed dramatically since studying at Wirral Metropolitan College. Upon completing an advanced apprenticeship, I am now employed at McLaren Automotive. The engineering department at Wirral Met is equipped with superb tutors and facilities, and they have been pivotal in my progression within the engineering sector.”

Ron Faulkner, Professional Development Consultant at IMechE, said, “The Merseyside and North Wales Region of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has identified “Education” as a key development area of its business plan. The main objective being to foster and encourage young people to give consideration to selecting Engineering as a worthwhile and rewarding professional career. We have included different levels of education and training in this development area, including training organisations, colleges and schools and have targeted selected training/apprenticeship schemes including those at Wirral Metropolitan College, as potential vehicles that can be utilised, to mutual benefit, to meet the desired objective. We are extremely pleased to give recognition to Stephen who has demonstrated the most improvement over his apprenticeship/training period and wish him luck with his future Engineering career.”

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