Apprentice Shines: Gloss Measurement Achievements Bring Short-listing for Prestigious Award


Thomas McFadyen, from Hebburn in Tyneside, has beaten off stiff competition from hundreds of entrants to achieve his place as a North East finalist in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards.

He faces tough competition to become the ‘Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year’ and now has an anxious wait until the regional winners are revealed – in a special Awards Ceremony in Durham on 18th September.

Steve Oxborough, Technical Director at AMECaL, Thomas’ employer, is thrilled that he is getting the recognition he deserves: “Thomas is an exemplary employee who deals with a range of very specialist technical work in the company’s Calibration Laboratory and has also taken supervisory / management duties in his stride”.

David Heppell, a Manager at the company, adds: “he’s an open and genuine member of the team and has a really positive approach to both his work and colleagues; while he’s been with us, he’s formed an excellent working relationship with everyone at the company from Managing Director to our newer Apprentices – and with the company’s clients”.

With workload in the Laboratory increasing, and a new state of the art laboratory recently opened at the company’s Walker Riverside site, Thomas has rapidly developed from a young apprentice to become Laboratory Supervisor – overseeing the work of five technicians and working closely with the commercial team – forming a crucial link between the administrative and production areas of the business.