20-year old Apprentice, Nathan Thorleyâ€™s commitment to learning and enthusiasm to be the best he can be has been rewarded as he was named one of the best apprentices in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire last week.
As an integral part of the Dustcheck Team, the Welding and Fabrication Apprentice goes above and beyond whatâ€™s expected of him, showing skills and an attitude to work beyond his years.
â€œNathan works hard day-in, day-out and turns his hand to whatever is asked of him. As a small team we rely on flexibility and Nathan gets involved in everything from welding and fabrication to store duties and site visits,â€ said Chris Taylor â€“ Production Manager at Dustcheck.
â€œNathanâ€™s TIG welding ability has been invaluable in our workshop. A lot of the Dust Extraction Units we design are for industries such as food and pharmaceutical where clean welds with no lips or edges are essential. To find that skill in an apprentice so young is unusual,â€ added Chris.
Nathan has been with Dustcheck since 2013 and since then his thirst to learn has seen him complete an EAL Diploma L2 in Engineering Technology, an EAL NVQ L2 in Performing Engineering Operations, a City & Guilds L3 Fabrication & Welding and an NVQ L3 in Fabrication & Welding â€“ all at Newcastle-under-Lyme College. This year he is continuing to study and is due to complete the BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Engineering in June.
Nathanâ€™s decision to continue training reflects his ambition and drive. This next qualification is knowledge-based with introductions to materials, business processes, mechanical principals, drawing and project management. Nathan intends to work his way up in the business and this will give him the grounding needed.
Nathan made it to the final four in The Apprentice of the Year category at The Sentinel Business Awards which took place at the Kings Hall in Stoke at the end of March. He walked away â€˜Highly Commendedâ€™ in what was one of the most applied-for categories:
â€œNormally, a winner and two runner-upâ€™s are chosen for each category but this year, as the entries were so strong, the 11 judges decided to choose one winner and to highly-commend three in the Apprentice Category,â€ said Laura James, Business Editor at the Sentinel.
Nathan had competed against entries from companies such as KMF, Autonet, Novus, Beeston Shenton and the NHS.
â€œIâ€™ve learned so much since being at Dustcheck and the team in the workshop support and help teach me skills that have enabled me to progress in my job. Together with going to college one day a week Iâ€™ve really been able to push myself,â€ said Nathan.
â€œAttending the awards event and getting down to the final four has been an amazing experience. Itâ€™s letting me know that I really am doing well in my job and my learning,â€ he added.
Dustcheck currently have two apprentices, Nathan in the Workshop and an Apprentice Draughtsman in the Contracts Office.
â€œInvesting in our staff is something we pay particular emphasis to here. As a small business with a team of 35 we rely on flexibility and knowledge and training our staff â€“ at any level â€“ gives them confidence in their role as well as ensuring our business grows each year. Weâ€™re proud that Nathanâ€™s achievements have been recognised at the recent awards,â€ concluded Bill Moran, Production Director at Dustcheck.