Apprentice wins National award

Michael Leach, Apprentice and Todd Westbrook, Editor of ReNews

Michael Leach, one of the apprentices taken on as part of the Pen y Cymoedd project has won Apprentice of the Year Award at the recent Renewable UK Gala Dinner.

Michael was part of a training scheme in which Vattenfall worked with local company Isofab to give four individuals, living locally to Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, the chance to participate in a 3 year course, including practical training on two of Vattenfall’s offshore wind farms, where the apprentices have been fully integrated into their relevant teams.

The award was sponsored by ReNews and celebrates apprentices who have demonstrated excellence in their roles at work, including the study and achievement of qualifications within the apprenticeship programme or the renewable industry as a whole.

Senior Project Development Manager, Stephen Holdroyd said, “During the planning process for the Pen y Cymoedd Project we engaged widely with the communities neighbouring the site. The feedback presented a strong desire for the creation of local jobs as part of the project. It was for this reason that Vattenfall wanted to demonstrate its commitment to the creation of jobs in the wind industry. It has been fantastic to watch the apprentices grow into their roles and as individuals too.”

Michael still can’t believe his success. “I was attracted to this apprenticeship because of my firm belief in the need for renewable energy and the future employment prospects that would come with the position.   It has been a real challenge particularly as I gave up a full time job to pursue it. I was surprised when I heard that I had been put forward for the award and then a little shocked when I found out I had been shortlisted to the final three. Winning the award was unbelievable.  Working in the wind industry is very interesting. I owe a lot to my lecturers both at Neath and Llandudno Colleges in Wales for their effort and hard work and the guys at PyC and Thanet Offshore Wind Farm for showing me the ropes.”