The contribution of trainee employees at Carrick company Ryobi has been marked at the company’s Apprentice of the Year awards 2013.
The event was attended by apprentices from years one to four, along with their supervisors and representatives from the management team.
The awards, according to the firm, are an opportunity to celebrate and to recognise the achievements and commitment of every apprentice and to thank the mentors, supervisors and managers for their continued support of the programme.
The Meadowbank Road-based plant gives a special award to the apprentice in each year group who has shown excellent commitment, progress and enthusiasm in the apprenticeship programme. This year’s winners were Steven Lewis (year one); Gareth Harkness (year two); Christian Griffith (year three), and Colin Vance (year four).
The awards were presented by John Hughes, managing director, who thanked all apprentices for their contribution and commitment to the programme and reinforced the company’s desire to develop all employees to their full potential.
Ryobi expressed gratitude for the support it receives from the Department of Employment and Learning and training provider, Northern Region College, as well as on-going assistance from Invest Northern Ireland to support its business improvement activities.
The company, added, that it places a very high value on its apprentice programme as an opportunity to develop a pool of talented people who will be the skilled technicians, engineers and managers of the future, and who will play a significant role in the continued success and growth of the company.
Ryobi has 37 high calibre apprentices at various stages of their apprenticeship, and believes there are great opportunities for everyone to continue to develop and grow, both during and beyond their apprenticeship.
Barry Ferris, die cast engineering manager, and Stafford Doran, production manager, who started out as apprentices, gave a short presentation on their career history and discussed the qualities that lead to a successful apprenticeship.
David Watson, general manager, noted that the apprentices were all winners, having passed Ryobi’s stringent entrance criteria, and all have the potential to be the professional engineers and managers of the future.