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Student proves engineering in the blood with top award

Published: January 31, 2017

A student from Redruth has won the prestigious Pall Corporation Apprentice of the Year award, after demonstrating exceptional skills and ability.

Levi Fairway, whose dad and grandad were both engineers, said it was “a great honour” to be recognised for his efforts. “I was so surprised to learn that I had been chosen,” he continued. “I do try to put a lot of effort into everything I do and I have a passion for engineering, which I hope people can see and appreciate. I’m really enjoying my time at college and at Pall as both offer incredible opportunities with great learning facilities and experienced machinists.”

The presentation for the award took place in the engineering department of Cornwall College Camborne, where Levi, who is studying an Engineering Level 3 Diploma, receives both academic and practical expert tuition as part of his apprenticeship.

Darren Goldsworthy, production manager, Pall Corporation said “Levi from the onset was very thoughtful and thorough”.  “Over time he has really grown both in his practical capabilities using various machines and also in his communication skills with other, more experienced engineers,” he added.

Derek Watters, training supervisor, Pall Corporation said the company had worked in partnership with Cornwall College for many years and with “great success”.  “The facilities are second to none and having their own state-of-the-art CNC machinery on-site, really make a huge difference to our apprentices,” he added.

Darren continued that is “very important” for Pall to have young people wanting to join as apprentices. “With the natural progression of people’s careers we need keen and interested people to help backfill some of the vacancies,” he continued.

“Having highly trained employees who have successfully completed an apprenticeship is crucial to maintaining key skill sets and ultimately in helping to grow our business.  It’s not easy trying to fill skilled engineering vacancies and so the apprentice scheme and working with Cornwall College is perfect in helping us develop and mould people into what we need.”

Justin Olosunde, curriculum lead for technology, Cornwall College Camborne, said the college valued “the incredible commitment to apprenticeship provision and workforce development undertaken by Pall in combination with us”. “We hope Levi will return as he ventures into higher skills or production management as a future higher apprentice taking his Higher National Certificate in engineering.”

Cornwall College has earned a well-respected reputation offering a wide range of technical courses as part of its STEM commitment. Within its dedicated faculty buildings, students now have the opportunity to study a more diverse range of engineering subjects including aeronautical engineering as well as more traditional courses.

“I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others, it’s a great way to learn, you’re almost guaranteed a job at the end of the training and you’re earning while learning,” Levi added.

For more information on the range of Engineering courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.

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