Apprentice Aron Makes His Mark

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Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS Business Correspondent

A YOUNG engineer was named apprentice of the year at a prestigious college awards ceremony.

Aron Jones of Coleg Menai took the title at last night's event, held at the Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon.

Aron, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, is employed by REHAU Ffestiniog as a mechanical maintenance engineer.

He was thrilled to take home the prize, and said: "I am surprised and delighted to have been awarded Apprentice of the Year 2013.

"I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, I've been able to gain real work experience while I work which is a massive help.

"The company are very supportive and are planning to send me on further training and I am also studying for a HNC at Coleg Menai."

The ceremony, now in its sixth year, was sponsored by Magnox Ltd and Horizon Nuclear Power, both influential in the economy of north west Wales.

Awards were handed out for the best apprentice in each employment category.

The diversity of young people receiving awards on the night reflected the variety of programmes available, ranging from childcare to plastering, and hair and beauty to engineering.

Coleg Menai currently has over 1000 apprentices, and has some impressive statistics to go with them - 94% achieve their full framework within the expected time, and more than 80% gain employment. …