SETA Awards Evening 2015 – Joshua Sutton from Manchester Airport named Apprentice of the Year!

SETA Annual Awards success with Joshua Sutton (employed by Manchester Airport) claiming Apprentice of the Year title and 1st Prize Electrical Section Award.

Stockport Engineering Training Association (SETA) hosted its Annual Awards Presentation Evening on Friday 17th  April which was once again a success with over 100 apprentices, parents, employers and guests attending.

The annual awards event was hosted at Houldsworth Golf Club and was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices. In 2014/15 SETA has circa 75 apprentices employed by a range of local and national engineering companies.

A couple of special guests attended – Professor Lorna Unwin OBE, Chair of GTA England, Graham Boanas, director of Bizniztv and Asa Elliot, tv personality. Graham Boanas, having started his career as an apprentice, delivered a motivational speech about the benefits of the apprenticeship route through giving young people the invaluable skills and practical experience they need to build their career. Graham Boanas is a known fundraiser and truly inspirational person, but in his speech he simply said, that there is really no difference between any of the young people in the room and him – and they are all equally capable of creating the successful future for themselves.

The event was also a fantastic chance to celebrate the fundraising events of apprentices and staff throughout the year. A total of £2500 was raised by apprentices in 2014/15  for SETA’s partner charity When you Wish upon a Star and SETA was delighted to award the cheque to the charity on the night! Charity cheque was presented to Ruth Jagger by Fundraiser of the year Peter Whitehead and Graham Boanas.

SETA presented a variety of different awards including awards for each section. Award winners 2014/15 were:

  • SETA Apprentice of the Year 2015 Award: Joshua Sutton – Manchester Airport
  • SETA Staff Award (voted for by Apprentices): Ian Dooley (Fitting Instructor)
  • Electrical Section Award Sponsored by ABM Electrical and Fairdeal Fabrications Ltd:
    Josh Sutton – Manchester Airport – 1st prize Electrical
    Alex Kwiatowski – Manchester Airport – 2nd prize Electrical
  • Most improved Apprentice – Sponsored by Air Products Ltd:
    Ryan Barker – Northern Rail
  • Mechanical Maintenance Section Award – Sponsored by Brinksway Tool Co Ltd:
    Winner: Peter Whitehead – Cemex
    Runner up: Sam Broomhead – Air Products
  • 1st Prize Fabrication and Welding Section Award – Sponsored by Thomas Storey Ltd:
    Emrys Hughes – Street Crane
  • Machining Section Award – Sponsored by Park Engineering:
    Winner: Jacob Parkes – Bonut Engineering
    Runner up: Joe Higgins – Park Engineering
  • Fitting Section Award – Fairdeal Fabrications Ltd:
    Winner: Joshua Sutton – Manchester Airport
    Runner up: Edward Fawns Williams – Brinksway Tools

The evening was also a fantastic chance to thank employers for their ongoing support of SETA and for helping young people to start their career in engineering.

During the evening Great Moor Football Lads made a surprise  presentation to the CEO Russell Prince as a thank you to SETA for their sponsorship over the 2014-15 Season.

Great Moor County J.F.C. ended last season close to being relegated from their division but thanks to the boost from SETA, new strips and change of management, they have gone from strength to strength and will be finishing this season in the top 3!

A big thanks to Award Sponsors Northern Rail, RBS, Multimetals, Daniels Computing, Allied Bakeries, Uniprize, ABM Electrical, Thomas Storey Ltd, Leemic, Air Products Ltd, Federal Mogul, CWS, HPP Associates, Sandy Lane Service Station, Fairdeal Fabrications and Brinksway Tools.