Mentoring, training and support have all been part of Daniel Millington’s apprenticeship experience, with the progress he has made resulting in him being named National Apprenticeship Awards Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2017 for the West Midlands.

Daniel who works at HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd in Birmingham said: “My engineering apprenticeship has not only got me into a field I’m passionate about, it’s also developed me on a personal level. It’s been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“I’m able to gain a degree level qualification, invaluable hands on experience and work within a vital role which has enabled me to travel overseas on projects. My apprenticeship has given me the confidence and drive to take on large challenges and to always strive for improvement, leading to my company trusting me with high profile projects.”

Since starting his apprenticeship with Hydraforce in 2015, Daniel has spent a day a week at BMet. This led to him gaining a Level 2 performing engineering operations, followed by Level 3 manufacturing engineering qualifications.

He has since progressed on to a foundation degree in manufacturing engineering.

“The training at the college has always been thorough and interesting,” he continued. “Working with other apprentices has given me a wider understanding of engineering from different industries such as hydraulics, automotive and rail.”

Daniel works within the manufacturing engineering department at Hydraforce Hydraulics Ltd, transferring and introducing new products for the business. This has led to him setting up new production lines, which has in turn created more jobs for the local area, increased capacity, provided savings and has also increased business growth.

He also deals with a number of projects for continuous improvement and quality assurance. These may stem from production issues to customer concerns but are also allocated through the Six Sigma training which Daniel is currently working through.

Michael Townsend, Business Development Manager at BMet commented: “We are thrilled by Daniel’s achievements, both at college and in the workplace. He has fully embraced all opportunities to learn and make career progress, showing that there are endless possibilities for an apprentice.”

“We are incredibly proud of Dan,” commented Christine Tolley, Head of Human Resources at Hydraforce Hydraulics Ltd. “He has shown great promise, is well respected across the business and demonstrates the value of bringing apprentices the company.”

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