Chelsea awarded top prize by Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ)

Chelsea Griffin (Centre) being presented with her award by The Worshipful Mayor & Mayoress of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire.

Chelsea Griffin, a Welder training at the Grimsby Institute and working for Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ), was recently awarded the trophy for Apprentice Engineering Technician of the Year for 2014 during the Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ) Apprentice Engineering Technician & Recognition Awards 2014; the first female to win this prestigious award since its inception in 2006.

The event was held at the Great Grimsby Town Hall with special guests including The Worshipful Mayor & Mayoress of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire and Squadron Leaders David Montenegro and Harry Raja from the internationally renowned Red Arrows.

Yvonne Day, Resources & Development Director UK said, “We were extremely privileged to have the Red Arrows at our event and they brought their prestige to encouraging everyone into engineering; they are our Country’s national treasure and were an inspiration to all on the evening. All four nominees were outstanding, which made it quite a task for the independent panel to reach a decision.

“Chelsea is a worthy winner, who shows a pride, commitment and professionalism in everything she does and this whole event shows how our continued investment in training young people pays off. We need a new generation of talent entering the world of engineering and construction, and we are committed to making sure young people today get the opportunities they need to realise their full potential.”

Apprentice Mentors and Coaches throughout the UK nominated Apprentices who they felt had shown commitment, occupational progress and enthusiasm in their chosen Apprenticeship.

Over 70 individuals were recognised throughout the evening including Apprentices, Mentors, Coaches, Long Service employees, Chartered Managers, ONC Mechanical Engineers and NVQ achievers.

The annual charity cheque was presented to Anne & Geoff Crawforth who received £580.00 on behalf of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Nigel Carlton, CEO UK commented “Since 2006, we have recruited our Apprentices via the ECITB, who go that extra mile to help our Apprentice Technicians progress. I was delighted to be able to meet so many of our young engineers at the Apprentice Technician Awards tonight – it is the drive and ambition that we celebrated here that will, in the years ahead, help us thrive as a business.”

Alongside Chelsea, Grimsby Institute’s Senior Engineering Trainer Consultant, Peter Walker, was awarded as the Assessor of the Year 2014.