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Braintree: Apprentice of the Year praised for "can do" attitude
11:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A student who won the title of Apprentice of the Year has been praised for his “can do” attitude.
Andrew Lufkin, 22, was awarded the accolade at this year’s Essex Business Awards after beating off competition from five other finalists.
The Colchester Institute pupil has worked Pacepacker Services near Great Bardfield for more than two years and during that time sought out apprenticeship opportunities which would help with his on the job training.
Pacepacker’s managing director Dennis Allison said: “Andrew is conscientious, eager to learn and has proved himself to be a natural engineer.
“We are delighted with his ability and his ‘can-do’ attitude has helped us increase parts orders by 38 per cent within 12 months.”
Andrew, who is now doing a level three course in engineering, said: “The best part about the scheme is the hands on learning and the opportunity to earn money at the same time.
“While initially teaching me the basics Pacepacker has been great in letting me explore and ‘have a go’ which has shaped my confidence and by making the occasional mistake I’ve learnt so much in a short space of time. “Apprenticeships are an eye opener to the working world, it’s taught me discipline, punctuality, how to prioritise and accountability – although the host company offers the opportunity to succeed, ultimately it is down to the individual to make it happen.”
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