An engineering apprentice from Spalding has narrowly missed out on a top regional award for the industry.
Kieran Buffham (20) was among six finalists for Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice at the EEF (Engineering Employers’ Federation)/Aldemore Future Manufacturing Awards.
The former Spalding Grammar School student, now working for Perkins Engines in Peterborough, impressed judges with his dedication and determination to collect a runners-up certificate.
Kieran said: “I’m delighted to have got so far, especially after being up against some other incredibly talented and dedicated apprentices.
“It has been an eye-opener and really inspiring to see the success and strength of the other apprentices, so to be named runner-up really is an honour.
“As far as I’m concerned, we’re all winners and I just hope that our success makes other local young people think seriously about becoming an apprentice too.”
John Morris, chief executive officer for Cheshire-based award sponsors JAM Recruitmen, said: “This recognition was justly deserved as Kieran was up against some really strong contenders, so it’s a great achievement and testament to his hard work and dedication that he was named runner-up.
“Apprentices have a vital role to play in the future of engineering and manufacturing and in the wider British economy so it’s great to see their efforts being recognised with these awards.”