Eighteen-year-old Fabrication & Welding Apprentice, Sam Campbell, has been named as the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) Apprentice Technician of the Year in the ECITB’s annual awards ceremony, held in London.
Sam, a former pupil at Vale of Ancholme in Brigg, currently lives in Worlaby near Scunthorpe, and trained for the first year of his Apprenticeship with the Grimsby Institute at the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence – Humber (CATCH) facility in Stallingborough.
Sam, who hopes to one day become a Senior Welding Inspector, said: “I originally attended an Open Evening at CATCH three years ago and then applied for an Apprenticeship with Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ. I wanted to do an Apprenticeship because I wanted hands-on experience and that’s what I’ve got. Being recognised on a regional level like this gives me a sense of purpose and meaning. I’m really over the moon to have won.”
Yvonne Day, Human Resources Director UK at Cofely Fabricom GDF Suez, added: “Ten years ago there wasn’t the same level of investment in Apprenticeships. Now that we are experiencing a skills gap in the industry we needed to tap into the marketplace.
“It’s not just about seeing the potential when young people come out of school. You have to see it when they are in school – the thirteen and fourteen-year-olds. We want to develop people like Sam into the industry. He is an absolute shining star and a credit to the business.”
Sam was also awarded by Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ as their Apprentice of the Year, in their annual awards last December, and Yvonne explained how Sam career could soon be seeing him climb the ladder to success:
“One of our Lead Engineers, Dave East, was the first ever Grimsby Institute Apprentice to be awarded by us. Eight years later he’s a Lead Engineer so it just goes to show how far you can get in eight years. It’s not just down to Sam and the organisation, it’s also down to people like James Danby and the Grimsby Institute.”
James Danby, Grimsby Institute’s Head of Industrial Programmes, added: “The commitment by Sam has been mirrored by Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ and that does the company a lot of good, that is the reason why they are seeing so much success with young people.
“Sam’s an excellent young man and his career is going to go from strength-to-strength. I’m immensely proud of Sam and so are all of his tutors. We are looking forward to seeing him go right to the top at Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ.”
Graham Carlton, Resource Development Manager for Cofely Fabricom GDF Suez, is in charge of ensuring Apprentices and other employees get the correct training: “The caliber of applicants for Apprenticeships is now very high and I’m responsible for seeing them all the way through their qualification; from their first year at CATCH to the end of their qualification.
For those that want to go further, we nurture them and, if they are the correct candidates, we can see them through to Engineering HNCs, ONCs and even on to Nuclear Programmes. We look after the full career journey. Sam’s been successful because he’s shown commitment, he wants to do well and he has the desire to succeed.