The 2019 Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award, run by the Worshipful Company of Horners in conjunction with the British Plastics Federation (BPF), has extended its deadline until 15 November.
Companies will now have an additional week to submit their apprentice for consideration. The award, which recognises the achievement of apprentices, promotes the talent and value of those entering the plastics industry.
2018 saw Jake Hallatt of Gripple scoop first prize, awarded at the Livery Companies Skills Council Award Ceremony in Carpenters Hall, where he received his Polymer Apprentice Certificate, ceremonial drinking horn and £500 cash prize.
Hallatt’s mould shop manager, Kyle Raffo, noted: “Jake showed excellent involvement and commitment towards the company during his time at Gripple. He has attended many different seminars at various different schools and universities, giving the younger generation a good understanding of what life is like as a production apprentice.”
Commenting on the value of new talent in the industry, Matt Davies of the BPF noted: “Apprentices are vital to our industry and are highly valued. Every year we receive worthy entrants from a wide variety of companies. We urge companies to make the most of this short extension and highlight how much they value their apprentices by nominating them for this key award.”
As the livery company associated with the polymer industry, the Worshipful Company of Horners works closely with the BPF to promote education and skills vital to the industry. As part of this collaboration, the Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award is open to apprentices employed in a technical, engineering, manufacturing or design role within the industry, to identify outstanding performance during their apprenticeship.
If your company has an apprentice that deserves recognition, please visit the BPF Website for information on how to enter.