Apprentice triumphs with prestigious award win

13th December 2017

A young manufacturing apprentice has been chosen as an official ‘rising star’ at the Manufacturing Champions awards.

Kodi Gledhill, 19, from Leeds is an engineering apprentice at Coca-Cola European Partners Ltd, and has worked there for the last two years. She is on a four year electrical engineering apprenticeship and now is now in her third year. As part of her HNC in electrical engineering  she’s learning practical skills at work and theory at Wakefield College in the evenings.

The event which celebrates the champions of the manufacturing world was held at The Midland Hotel in central Manchester and hosted by business TV presenter Steph McGovern.

Swinton Business, part of Swinton Group, sponsored the award and presented the winner with Sennheiser noise-cancelling headphones. The award celebrates the extemporary work undertaken by a young apprentice (aged under 25) working in manufacturing engineering.

The event included awards for the best manufacturing leader, manufacturing team, unsung hero, safe workplace champion, employee-led innovation, community champion, skills champion, maintenance champion and SME innovators.

John Walsh, head of Swinton Business, said: “We’re delighted to sponsor this award and support the manufacturing industry, one of our largest client sectors. We want to nurture future talent and celebrate their passion for manufacturing excellence.

“We chose Kodi as our winner as she is an enthusiastic and hardworking apprentice with the hunger to learn more about electrical engineering processes. She took part in an automation project and exceeded expectations by researching parts to make the system work faster.

Kodi, engineering apprentice and the rising star at the Manufacturing Champions’ awards, said: “I’ve always loved maths and science so engineering was a natural choice for me. Working as an apprentice has allowed me to develop my practical skills at Coca Cola European Partners. I hope to act as a role model and inspire other females thinking about entering the engineering sector.”   

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