ADVANCED APPRENTICE GRADUATE AWARD 2010, THE DAVID WELBOURNE AWARD SPONSORED BY THE IET, RACHEL BURNS
School: Stoke Park Community and Technical College
Employer: Kigass Aero Components Ltd
Rachel Burns was delighted to have her achievements to date recognised at the annual MGTS apprentice awards evening when it was announced that she was the winner of the Advanced Apprentice Graduate Award. This is a prestigious award and the criteria for selection are based on employer recommendations as well as MGTS senior management team.
Recipients of this award are also nominated for the EEF Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice Award. Rachel said afterwards that she chose an apprenticeship because whilst learning she got paid which helped motivate her into achieving so much. Of her time at MGTS, Rachel commented “it was brilliant. The people I worked with and trained by were great and all the skills I learnt whilst at MGTS have always come to hand and have been useful on a day to day basis in my working environment.
I have learnt to communicate a lot better with people and to work in a team. I have also learnt to use the majority of machinery within Kigass which allows me to be extremely flexible and always have a variety of work.
Looking forward, I am hoping to complete my Engineering degree and would ultimately like to pursue my career in design and prototype work as this type of work is both hands on as well as involving theoretical and technical elements.” In support of Rachel’s nomination, Simon Dixon, Senior Business Improvement Engineer, said “Rachel is a valued member of the team at Kigass. She has shown that she is professional, motivated and very capable. Of particular note was the way she organised and controlled her team for her final year project.
This covered several areas that were new to her; all of which she took in her stride. Kigass have always been keen to promote apprenticeships and with what Rachel has achieved by being nominated for this award has set a wonderful example to our younger apprentices to follow.”