AN apprentice who was only taken on last year is already in the running for an award.
Jordan Wales, 18, is bidding for honours at Hartlepool College of Further Education just 12 months after being recruited by a North-East systems integration firm.
The firm, Stokesley-based Applied Integration, is taking on talented young engineers to work on integration systems for a wide range of 21st Century industries including nuclear attack submarines.
One of them is Jordan who has been shortlisted for the award of Apprentice of the Year at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Jordan’s shortlisting comes after he got distinctions “across the board” in the first 12 months of a two-year HNC course in instrumentation and control, which was funded by Applied Integration.
He was recruited by Applied Integration from Middlesbrough’s Macmillan Academy, having already completed his BTec level 3 in engineering.
Now, the 18-year-old is being tipped to go far by his employers after being part of the company’s first-ever intake of apprentices.
Applied Integration director Garry Lofthouse praised Jordan’s work and said: “It’s just fantastic to have an up-and-coming engineer showing such initiative, working hard and delivering outstanding results in his studies and working environment.”
He hailed the teenager for showing great potential and added: “His work ethic and commitment ensure he stands out. He has set goals and achieved them. We weren’t at all surprised to learn of his nomination.”
“Jordan has adapted really well to the working environment, accepts responsibility, takes on tasks and has become part of the project team. As a result, he’s working on some of our most exciting and complex projects including systems for Astute-class submarines.
“We will give him a road map that will give him the chance to achieve a diploma, Masters and Chartership, while we hope he’ll enjoy a long and challenging career with Applied Integration.”