2017 Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award

The Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award, run jointly by the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation Education & Skills Committee, is open for entry. It aims to recognise the commitment and achievement of apprentices in the polymer industry and to encourage and support them in their development.

The award is for apprentices involved in a technical, engineering, manufacturing or design role associated with polymer processing or polymer/additive manufacturing. Nominations can be made either by the apprentice themselves, their employers or training providers. In order to be considered for the award the person must:

  • be engaged in – or have completed in the year up until December 2017 – a full accredited apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • have had sufficient time in their apprenticeship to be able to demonstrate quantifiable achievement, both academic and in the workplace

Details of other training undertaken by the apprentice will be taken into consideration, as well as extra-curricular activities and achievements outside the workplace.

Nominations can be submitted up to 12 November 2017.

The winner will be invited to attend the Livery Companies Skills Council Apprentice Certificate Ceremony in February 2018, in the City of London, where they will receive a prize of £500 and a ceremonial drinking horn, along with the Horners’ Polymer Apprentice Certificate from the Lord Mayor of London.

Last year’s winner, Reece Connolly of BASF, believes winning the award was a key part in his continued success at the company. Currently working as a shift production operator, he added: “I believe the exposure around the award has raised my profile within my company, and also played a part in me being nominated and receiving a further award for Student of the Year 2016.”

For more information on the award, and how to apply please visit: http://www.bpf.co.uk/events/the_horners_award/polymer-apprentice-of-the-year-award.aspx 

The 2016 winner was Reece Connolly who received a Presentation Horn and a Cheque for £500. Reece completed a Level 3 apprenticeship in Process Operations at BASF, Bradford, a manufacturer of polymer based ingredients and processing aids. He was awarded the Salters City and Guilds prize for his performance in the Process Technology Level 3 course and was a key member of a team which developed a new plant performance display system which won a BASF global prize.

The runner-up was Robert Cummings who received a cheque for £200.Robert completed a four-year engineering apprenticeship at UCP Zeller, Norwich (part of the RPC Group) injection moulders of plastic closures. He is currently employed as a technician specializing in plant installation and maintenance and is studying for an HND in mechanical Engineering.

Kane Bentley of Amaray, Corby was awarded a Certificate of Commendation.