The three Fitting Apprentices - Joe Priestley, Matt Love and Daniel Jeffrey were nominated for the IOM3 Technician of the Year Award. This year, there was a record number of entries from all across the UK.
A shortlist of 12 apprentices were invited to London where they attended an intensive interview with a senior panel of IOM3 assessors, followed by a nail biting awards ceremony!
The IOM3 normally award two winners in this category, however because the standard was so high this year, picking just two would have been impossible. So, they chose to award the rest of the apprentices with Highly Commended Certificates.
Senior IOM3 representatives said “if the future is in the hands of these young people, it is in very safe hands”.
Daniel Jeffrey said it was an "honour" to receive the award. Daniel has always wanted to work with vehicles since a very young age, so when the opportunity came up to train with the UK’s largest coal mining company, he jumped at it. Daniel aspires to open his own classic car garage one day and says the support and training he has received at UK Coal, which he described as "second to none", will help him to achieve that goal.
The apprentices were scheduled to complete their qualifications over three years, however all three have performed exceptionally well and will finish far in advance of the scheduled date.
Robert Rout, Mining Services Manager said "We have a constant need for these skills as we look to the future to develop UK Coal Surface Mines into a much larger business".