Highflying Kieran shorlisted for apprentice award

Ex-Spalding Grammar School student and regional apprentice award finalist Kieran Buffham.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Ex-Spalding Grammar School student and regional apprentice award finalist Kieran Buffham. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A former Spalding Grammar School student who earned the best GCSE results in his year is making headlines again in the world of engineering.

Kieran Buffham (19) is one of six finalists for the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice prize at the EEF (Engineering Employers’ Federation)/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards.

CEO of JAM Recruitment John Morris.

CEO of JAM Recruitment John Morris.

The teenager, who gained an apprenticeship at Perkins Engines in Peterborough after collecting 13 GCSE A*s and three A grades in 2011, will find out next month whether he has won the regional title.

Kieran is invited to the awards ceremony at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire, where the winner will go on to the national finals in London in April.

Kieran said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for this award and I’m looking forward to finding out the result on February 5.

“The recognition means a lot to me but I already feel like a winner for getting this far.

“I’ve learned so much during my apprenticeship with Perkins Engines and this is the icing on the cake.

“But more importantly, I’m on a career path that I enjoy and where my achievements are being valued.”

Kieran is on an advanced apprenticeship in engineering management at Perkins where he has experienced assembly line maintenance, global engine development and working as a maintenance technician on the crankshaft line.

He plans to go on to do an engineering degree and become a chartered engineer within the manufacturing industry.

Kieran said: “During my time at school, I knew that I wanted to work within the engineering sector and applying for a technical apprenticeship at Perkins was the ideal way of getting a foot on the ladder.

“If I can do this then others can too and I hope that my progress makes other young people think seriously about becoming an apprentice too.”

The Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice award is sponsored by Cheshire-based JAM Recruitment whose chief executive officer John Morris said: “This is a great achievement by Kieran and it’s a testament to his dedication that he has been shortlisted for an apprentice award.

“Apprentices have a vital role to play in the future of engineering, manufacturing and the wider British economy, so it’s great to see Kieran’s efforts being recognised.

“I wish him the best of luck at the awards ceremony next month.”