EEF Regional apprenticeship awards

Ryton apprentice wins regional Apprentice of the Year awards – other local youngsters recognised by judges

A talented young apprentice from Ryton has won a regional Apprentice of the Year award. Jonathan Jama, aged 19, and from Ryton, came up trumps at the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards where he won the Outstanding Performance by a First Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by JAM Recruitment.

Jonathan, an apprentice at Fabricom Offshore Services beat off competition from five other shortlisted apprentices in the region after impressing judges with his dedication, determination and drive. But while walking away with the main title, he was not alone in enjoying success at the awards – two other apprentices from the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area also received accolades:

  • Anthony Lumley, a Komatsu UK Ltd apprentice aged 22 from Hebburn, runner-up of the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice Award
  • James Storey, an Express Engineering (Oil & Gas) Ltd apprentice aged 22 from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, highly-commended for the Outstanding Performance by a First Year Apprentice Award.

The judges acknowledged the difficulty in selecting from such a high calibre group of apprentices and said that those from Newcastle-upon-Tyne had performed exceptionally well in the face of such fierce competition.

Jonathan, the winner, is now in the running for a national apprentice title. He will go on to compete against other regional title holders from across the UK at a national awards gala dinner in London in April next year.

Jonathan says: “I’m delighted to have won this award, especially after being up against some other incredibly talented and dedicated apprentices. It has been an eye-opener, and equally terrifying and inspiring to see the success and strength of the other shortlisted apprentices – as far as I’m concerned, we’re all winners.

“Now I’m just looking forward to the national finals and hope that I can carry away the UK title too. If I did it would be a great boost, not just to me but to all the amazing apprentices from this region who are putting everything into their careers. I just hope that my success so far makes other local young people think seriously about becoming an apprentice too.”

John Morris, CEO of JAM Recruitment, says “This award was justly deserved. Jonathan was up against some really strong contenders so it’s a great achievement and testament to his hard work and dedication that he won.

“All these apprentices are truly inspiring and deserve every recognition – I’m delighted that they have been so successful in this year’s awards. Apprentices have a vital role to play in the future of engineering and manufacturing and in the wider British economy. It’s great to see their efforts being recognised in this way.”

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