Apprentice picks up top student award

Richard Hewson collecting his award from William Nix at the recent award luncheon ANL-160411-154206001
Richard Hewson collecting his award from William Nix at the recent award luncheon ANL-160411-154206001

An apprentice at a Halstead engineering firm has collected a national award.

Richard Hewson, who has been working at Maycast-Nokes since 2011, has been named the UK’s best technical student by the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers, presented with an engraved medal and a cheque.

Mr Hewson, 26, from Witham, said: “I was very proud to attend the national event and collect my award.

“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.”

It is the second time in three years a Maycast-Nokes apprentice was chosen. Vicky Clark was named student of the year by the 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.

Maycast-Nokes has run a successful apprentice scheme for a number of years and 10 per cent of its workforce is made up of apprentices or trainees.

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. Our training programmes lead to industry recognised qualifications and put our trainees of the path to skilled and lifelong careers.”