Cartwright’s Josh Redfern has been named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in the transport industry’s prestigious Commercial Motor Awards.
It is the latest accolade in a string of achievements which includes being Highly Commended in the EEF Awards and ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in the Made in Manchester Awards.
Since Josh first joined Cartwright’s ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme in 2012, his talent has shone through. He was the first Cartwright apprentice to be integrated into the design team and having now completed his four-year apprenticeship, he has joined the engineering team as a Junior Design Engineer. Cartwright’s commitment to helping all employees develop their skills to full potential has led to it supporting Josh to study for an engineering degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“Joining the Cartwright apprenticeship programme was one of the best things I have ever done,” said Josh.
“From day one the experience I have gained has been just incredible. On the shop floor I became a skilled welder, coachbuilder and fitter, meeting the high-quality standards required by the business. However, after ten months I became fascinated by the engineering design process and asked to go into the engineering office. I was proud to be the first Cartwright apprentice working in the design team and I found it really rewarding and very interesting. I enjoyed being a part of a close knit team and being allowed to apply my natural creativity and initiative to help drive Cartwright’s designs forward. To win such a prestigious award as a Junior Design Engineer is just brilliant and a great honour.”
Josh, who studied Business Studies, Sport and Public Service at A Level, felt that joining the apprenticeship scheme at Cartwright would help him mature and develop rather than going straight to university. The award-winning Cartwright apprenticeship programme is one of the most progressive in the industry and has been acknowledged as a huge success with the company this year being named as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK.
Since launching the scheme, the company has recruited over 120 apprentices and recruits year-on-year, with over 30 apprentices recruited in its latest intake. The company has also launched two new apprenticeship programmes in coatings and welding.
Mark Cartwright, Cartwright’s Group Managing Director, said: “Josh is a great example of how an apprenticeship can be a huge success and he is a real inspiration, as well as being a great asset to the Cartwright team. We are immensely proud of our apprenticeship scheme and very proud of the talent we have among our apprentices. We congratulate Josh on his latest success and wish him the best of luck in his new role.”