A FEMALE welder and a graphic designer are the top apprentices in Rotherham.
Christina Bubb and Alex Roebuck took the intermediate and advanced Rotherham Apprentice of the Year titles at a special event at the AESSEAL New York stadium on Wednesday.
More than 170 young people from across the borough entered the competition, which was jointly run by the Rotherham Advertiser, the Rotherham Together Partnership and the Business Growth Board.
Advanced winner Alex impressed the judges with his enthusiasm and across-the-board knowledge. They said: “Alex came across as very confident, enthusiastic and well prepared and clearly very proud of his achievements as he presented the judges with a number of graphs to show the positive affects the work he has done has had on the web site.
“Others could easily follow Alex’s example — choose a career, find the training/trainer, find their own placement and put effort into achieving qualification and therefore maximising their chance of securing their desired career path.”
Highly commended was Tom Smith of MTL.
Other finalists were Kaylan Goodwin of Cepac, Rachel Ovens of RNN, Chelsea Miller of Morrison Mears, Lauren Simpson of Steel Services, Fiona D’Silva of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Joel McCabe of Stelrad.
Christina, who works at MTL Advanced Specialist Steel Engineering & Manufacturing in Rotherham, re-evaluated her career choices after a number of false starts and ended up joining a profession which is predominantly male.
Her employers said: “'Christina is doing something she clearly has a natural talent for, her welding standards are better and more consistent than many time served welders and the competitiveness is fantastic.”
A highly commended prize went to Simone Davis of Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Other intermediate finalists were Hollie Jones of Keepmoat, Jamie Meekin of Fortem, Alexa McGrath of Springvale Canine Creche, Eleasha Williamson of Twisted Scissors, Tiberiu Suta of XPO Logistics and Kyran Jobling of B&W Beds.
Rotherham Advertiser editor Andrew Mosley, who was one of the judges of the competition, said: “Every finalist inspired the judges. Every finalist made me think that given my time again an apprenticeship would be a genuine option — and I think that’s the message we want to take forward.”
Full story with pictures in this week’s Advertiser.