Halstead firm’s top apprentices

National award winner Richard Hewson with colleague Vicky Clark, who was previously recognised by the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers. ANL-160505-164847001
National award winner Richard Hewson with colleague Vicky Clark, who was previously recognised by the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers. ANL-160505-164847001
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A Halstead engineering firm is celebrating after its apprenticeship scheme has seen another of its trainees win a national award.

For the second time in three years an apprentice at Maycast-Nokes has been recognised by the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers.

Richard Hewson, who has been working at the company since 2011, has received the Best Technical Student Award by the national body.

Mr Hewson, 26, of Witham, said: “I feel proud to have won a national award for my efforts. I do always try to apply myself as much as possible, whether it is in my work or study.

“To know that you are considered the best student in your field of study is an awesome feeling and I hope that I can continue to impress as I move forward in the industry.”

The award follows that given to Vicky Clark who was named Student of the Year by the same institute in 2014.

Miss Clark, 30, from Halstead, went on to complete a Foundation Degree in casting technology and is now the company’s senior new product introduction engineer.

Dave Blower, Maycast-Nokes sales director, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Richard and we congratulate him on winning this award, which is very well deserved.

“We put a lot of resources into our apprenticeship programme and we are very proud of its success.”