Congratulations to Joel McCabe, one of our apprentices, for making it to the last eight in this year’s Rotherham Apprentice of the Year Award. Joel was originally shortlisted as a finalist making it into the final 16, from the more than 150 applications entered from companies across the South Yorkshire area. On the day of the awards Joel made the first cut from sixteen to eight, putting him in the top ten per cent of apprentices in the area.
Joel is a member of Stelrad’s Asset Care Team, maintaining equipment in the manufacturing and distribution areas for the company. During his apprenticeship Joel has been able to experience every aspect of the manufacturing side of the Stelrad business, including working in the engineering stores, the tooling workshop, the refurbishment workshop, the packaging area, on high speed line reliability, lubrication maintenance, and has shadowed three members of the management team, a shift engineer, and the weekend team. He has excelled in every aspect of the work he has undertaken and shown huge enthusiasm for the area of work for which he is aiming to carry out himself once he achieves his qualifications.
Joel’s mentor at Stelrad is Dean Holdsworth and he accompanied Joel to the awards ceremony held at Rotherham United ‘s New York Stadium: “The judging panel spoke very highly of him, commenting on his ambition and keenness to develop. They spoke of this year being particularly tough to make their decision on the final 8 given the quality of the apprentices nominated.
“Joel stood tall amongst some equally inspiring and talented young people at the finals and he, as indeed I am, can be proud of what he has achieved.”
Rotherham Advertiser editor Andrew Mosley, who was one of the judges of the competition, said: “Every finalist inspired the judges. Every finalist made me think that given my time again, an apprenticeship would be a genuine option — and I think that’s the message we want to take forward.”
Congratulations Joel from everyone at Stelrad on your achievement in these awards.