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Future star scoops apprentice of the year award

16th May 2018

HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) engineering apprentice – Greg Mell – scooped top honours to be crowned young apprentice of the year at the 2018 Viking FM Future Stars Awards. 

In its fourth year, the ceremony took place on Friday 11 May at Forest Pines hotel and golf resort near Scunthorpe, in aid of local charity Cash for Kids. The Young Apprentice category aims to celebrate the outstanding achievements made by talented young trainees from across the region. 

Making an impact 

Having shown exceptional promise in his first year of training with HETA, Greg successfully gained a place with leading kitchen manufacturer – Wren Kitchens – in 2017, where he has continued to make a significant impact.

Presenting the award, HETA’s Chair of Trustees Malcom Joslin commented: “Greg’s natural ability shone through from the moment he started with HETA. He has shown incredible dedication, often achieving 100% in his assessments. He is building a brilliant future for himself through his drive, hard work and motivation, and to present him with this award has been a real honour.”

In his nomination, Greg was commended for demonstrating an unrivalled dedication to delivering a high performance across all tasks that have been given to him. He was not only credited for his mechanical and technical skills, but also his mature attitude, logical approach and outstanding people skills. 

On receiving the award, Greg remarked: “I’m really shocked that I won! I’ve worked extremely hard but the recognition I’ve had is more than I could have imagined. The team at Wren are fantastic and they’ve made me feel incredibly welcome. 
“I am so glad I chose to do an apprenticeship in engineering. The variety and scope for creativity is superb, and the exceptional hands-on training means I’m learning vital skills. The whole experience has been nothing short of amazing”.

A unanimous decision 

Despite the high calibre of nominees, Greg’s success was unanimously agreed upon by an independent judging panel at Viking FM. Part of that panel and hosts for the evening, were popular morning show presenters, Alex Duffy and Ellie Brennan.

“We were really impressed with a number of the nominees in this year’s Young Apprentice category,” say Ellie. “We received some incredible stories of young people making their mark in the businesses they were placed with.”  

“Greg Mell really stood out to us because of his pride and dedication,” continues Alex. “This was not only evident in every detail of his apprenticeship role at Wren Kitchens, where he has become a highly valued member of the team, but also in his academic work, achieving phenomenal grades in his studies.”

Greg is due to enter the final year of his apprenticeship with Wren Kitchens in the summer. After which, he has ambitions to continue studying to achieve his higher national certificate (HNC).