Congratulations to Oliver Bodfish who reached the final of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Awards 2023.

Held annually since 2005, the Guild Awards celebrate the achievements of local people who have shown exceptional ability in their chosen apprenticeship and whose achievements will inspire others. The Judging panel is comprised of people drawn from the Guild, community, business and academia.

Oliver, an apprentice Mechatronics Maintenance Technician with Amtico, has clearly demonstrated his passion for engineering and determination to succeed in his career, alongside supporting other apprentices and members of his local community.

Lee Beesley, Oliver’s MGTS Training & Development Adviser comments: “I first met Oliver during his first year at MGTS whilst working on the electrical section. He was immersed in the assigned task and was quietly and methodically working. It was quite clear on speaking with Oliver, he had a passion for engineering and was really engaged in his new education and career path. It was during my first visit to Amtico that I found Oliver independently working, building an electrical panel that was to help with the Air Compressor System in the factory. He used this panel as his Level 3 BTEC Project.

“Oliver has vastly helped with implementing new control systems and upgrading older equipment to Amtico’s factory where he has also been capable of installing and commissioning new systems without the control Engineer’s assistance. This has improved the factory and modernised the equipment, providing more effective maintenance and reliability to the site, also providing remote monitoring to the site. Oliver has helped guide the new second year apprentices returning to site with all their apprenticeship paperwork and work expectations, setting an example and standard to follow. Oliver is a well-liked and respected member of the Engineering team, and his fellow engineers all offer positive viewpoints of him without prompt. He has an active passion for developing his career and is a great example of where apprenticeships help highlight upcoming talent.”

Oliver started his HNC in General Engineering at MGTS in September with aspirations to progress onto a Degree in Engineering.