Peterborough, UK, September 18th 2023 – Baker Perkins, a Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials (FPM) company, recently celebrated the remarkable achievement of scooping five finalist spots in the Peterborough Telegraph Apprenticeship Awards 2023.
Four apprentices and one apprenticeship coordinator were shortlisted in the Degree Apprentice, Engineering Apprentice, and Mentor of the Year categories.
In the Degree Apprentice category, Abbi Pacey, Financial Controller, is recognized for her swift career progression from trainee to team leader, becoming the ‘go-to’ person for all things finance. In the same category, Dean Gosling, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, received recognition for his contribution to designing the recently launched Baker Perkins Cooling Conveyor for industrial extrusion systems used in the manufacture of powder coatings.
Two apprentices made the shortlist in the Engineering Apprentice group – James Barrett and Rhy Ockwell. James, also a runner-up in the Apprentice category in the 2023 SHAPA awards, was shortlisted for a project that drove process improvements. James designed innovative drawer shadow boards which have been widely adopted across the factory to organize tools more efficiently. Also achieving wider recognition, Rhys was nominated by his college to participate in the WorldSkills UK Welding Competition and is acknowledged for offering peer-to-peer support to his fellow apprentices. At the Peterborough Telegraph awards event, Rhys was named Engineering Apprentice of the Year.
Nigel Wilkinson, Apprenticeship Co-ordinator and Mentor, won Mentor of the Year. Nigel is the chief mentor for the Baker Perkins apprenticeship programme and this award recognized his skill in helping apprentices develop their own skills in line with their learning preferences, unique qualities, and career aspirations.
Suzanne Dellar, Director of HR at Baker Perkins, said, “Securing so many shortlists and two winners in strong categories is a testament to Baker Perkins’s unique approach to its apprenticeship programme.I believe the success of our strategy is due in great part to our focus on nurturing individual talent; rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. We’re incredibly proud of our very talented apprentices and apprenticeship team.
We will continue to highlight the achievements of all apprentices across our businesses to showcase their talents on our company website and at future awards.”
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