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Chatteris apprentice Daniel Lynch wins national award

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Chatteris-based Stainless Metalcraft, part of Avingtrans PLC, is celebrating after one of its apprentices was named Apprentice of the Year at the SME National Business Awards.

Daniel Lynch was named Apprentice of the Year. (5889466)
Daniel Lynch was named Apprentice of the Year. (5889466)

Fourth-year apprentice Daniel Lynch won the coveted award at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Friday 7 December, while the company, which manufactures equipment for some of the world’s most hazardous and dangerous environments, was also shortlisted in the Community Business of the Year category.

Austen Adams, divisional managing director of Avingtrans, said: “We are lucky to have won a number of awards over recent years but national awards are particularly pleasing as they recognise the industry-leading performance of our team.

“I’m especially pleased for Danny as he’s an enthusiastic and driven young man. He has taken advantage of every opportunity to gain experience during his apprenticeship and is now beginning to deliver real value to our business.

“Over the longer-term, apprenticeships offer a fantastic route into rewarding, long-term careers in engineering and the fact that over 50% of our workforce has come via the apprenticeship route – including several members of our senior management team – is testament to that fact.

“We’re looking forward to working with Danny, and our other apprentices, to help them develop their skills over the coming years, ensuring they have the strong foundations they need to build successful careers in the industry.”

Metalcraft recruits up to 10 apprentices each year. It celebrated the 100th anniversary of its apprenticeship scheme in 2016 and took on its 500th apprentice this year.

The Metalcraft Community Fund was established in 2016 to offer support to the local community in and around Chatteris. To date, it has awarded over £4,000 and donated practical support to over 20 organisations, representing some 400 people. It has recently broadened its scope to bring the benefits to more members of the local community in the future.

For further information about apprenticeships at Stainless Metalcraft, visit www.metalcraft.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships or for more information about the Community Fund, visit www.metalcraft.co.uk/metalcraft-community-fund

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