Apprentice takes the top honour at awards

PROUD Wayne Bantick.  Picture: Harland Quarrington/MOD
PROUD Wayne Bantick. Picture: Harland Quarrington/MOD

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WEAPONS fitter Wayne Bantick has been named the Ministry of Defence’s best apprentice.

The 21-year-old trainee works at the Defence Munitions depot in Gosport.

He was put forward by MoD bosses for an award as one of the best engineering workers in the country. And he saw off competition from 20 other award winners to be named the overall apprentice of the year.

Wayne said: ‘I was over the moon when I found out I had won. I always wanted to become an engineer as I’ve always built things with Lego and the apprenticeships just suited my lifestyle.

‘The MoD apprenticeships is such a valuable scheme because it’s open to everybody and it is good for hands-on learning.’

Wayne was presented with a gold medal and a certificate for winning the title.

After his apprenticeship, Wayne hopes to start a work placement with the Defence Equipment and Support unit in London.

The award presented to him by the government’s minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans, Andrew Robathan.

Mr Robathan said: ‘Engineers of the future are not born, they’re made and they’re nurtured.

‘That’s why the MoD continues to value and support apprenticeships.’

Apprenticeships last for three years and after qualifying, most trainees go on to work for the MoD.

There were other winners and runners-up from the Defence Munitions base in Fareham Road, Gosport.

Andrew Reeves was a joint runner-up apprentice in the mechanical section.

Sam Talman won an award for hand skills and general fitting.

Keith Edwards was commended for the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation medal and won an award for machining and general fitting. Andrew was a runner-up for the same award.