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May 8, 2015

A Glynd┼Ár University student has been named as one of the best apprentices in the UK at a national engineering awards ceremony.

21-year-old Daniel Biggs, who studies at the university while working as an apprentice at JCB Transmissions, won the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice Award at the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards, sponsored by JAM Recruitment.

He was up against 11 other outstanding apprentices, all regional finalists from across the UK, and took gold after impressing a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics.

He was commended for his ability to lead and manage project teams composing of senior colleagues and making a tremendous impact within his company.

Daniel was then named Manufacturing Student of the Year in a special separate award presented by EEF and the EDT (Engineering Development Trust), which is given to an exemplar student who represents the new generation of engineers.

The award showcases the two major routes – an apprenticeship and a degree – available to people looking for a future career in Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM).

Daniel took the award after beating the winner of EDT’s National Year in Industry Award, University of Sunderland student Jack Patterson, who did a placement year at robot programming manufacturer Orwin plc.

Daniel Biggs says: “As a final year apprentice these two awards are like the icing on the cake. To be named not only an outstanding apprentice but also manufacturing student of the year is a real honour.

"I’ve learnt valuable skills that have set me on the path of an interesting and rewarding career and I would have no hesitation in urging other young people to pursue a career in manufacturing, either as an apprentice or university student.”

Dr Gordon Mizner, Chief Executive of EDT, says: “Manufacturing is an incredibly exciting industry that is the lifeblood of the economy, and the Manufacturing Student of the Year Award celebrates the two major routes that take young people into this industry.

"Daniel is to be applauded for the dedication he has shown, and displaying such commitment, creativity and pride in his apprenticeship.”

The hunt for next year’s Future Manufacturing Awards winners has already started and other apprentices are being encouraged to follow in Daniel’s footsteps.

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