Star Award 2015

Firmac apprentice Peter White has won the inaugural Stars Apprentice Award in Engineering. Twenty-year-old Peter who is currently a student at Yorkshire Coast College, is a Technician Apprentice at Firmac, the world leading duct forming machine manufacturer based at Eastfield, Scarborough.

Andrew Firth, Design Manager at Firmac praised Peter’s work and contribution to the business. “Anyone who works with Peter has the highest level of praise for him. He is always focused on the task in hand and the work he produces is of a very high quality. I personally feel that Firmac as a company are very lucky to have an apprentice like Peter and with the correct training and guidance his future within HVAC engineering looks very promising.”

Peter has spent time working in all Firmac’s departments, particularly in the design office. He has progressed in multi-disciplines and now works with the cad system SolidWorks, creating the total design package from 3D model through to assembly drawings.

Christopher Messruther, who entered in the Employers Apprentice category, received high praise from his supervisor, Alex Birtwistle. “Chris entered the business with little work experience but in a very short period of time was working with minimal supervision and finishing tasks to a very high level of quality and in an efficient manner. He is also capable of diagnosing problems within wiring systems, which is remarkably good for someone so early in their apprenticeship.”

Firmac apprentices are accustomed to winning awards. In 2014 Peter won the Construction & Engineering Finals of Matchfit Built Environment & Engineering competition for Auto CAD 2D Advanced and most recently fellow apprentice Tom Dutton was awarded with the Engineering Apprentice of the Year and the Darren Scaife Memorial Cup of Work Based Engineering from Yorkshire Coast College.

Simon Morrell, General Manager at Firmac complemented all their apprentices. “We have apprentices who travel from as far a field as Cleveland and East Yorkshire to come here to work. They all possess a “can-do” attitude and are progressing well at work and at college. We recruit, on average, three new apprentices each year and believe in nurturing talent. Currently around 27% of our current workforce has been apprenticed trained at Firmac.”

The event which is sponsored by Yorkshire Coast Homes, Scarborough Borough Council, Dalby Offshore, Y H Training Services and the National Apprenticeship Service was held on Friday 17th July 2015.