Apprentices honoured as Lord Lieutenant visits

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HAMPSHIRE’S Lord Lieutenant Dame Mary Fagan has presented certificates to graduating apprentices at a components manufacturer.

Dame Mary visited Farlington-based company Harwin to tour the factory and meet employees Andrew McGuinness, Sam Bennett and Ethan Mew, who have just completed four-year advanced level apprenticeships.

Harwin’s Dr Damon de Laszlo said: ‘It was a real pleasure to introduce Dame Mary to our staff.

‘She is immensely engaging and was keen to ask everyone about their job and understand the manufacturing processes we use.

‘For our apprentices, being presented with their completion certificates by Dame Mary was a thrill and recognition of four years’ hard work and study.’

Dr Laszlo said about 10 per cent of the company’s workforce were apprentices.

‘At Harwin we value our apprentices very highly – they all hold important roles within the company and have the opportunity to be sponsored through higher education including foundation degrees in either engineering or business management.’