The Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award

The Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award is run jointly by the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF). The award is for apprentices employed in a technical, engineering, manufacturing or design roles associated with polymer processing or polymer/additive manufacture. Nominations can be made by the apprentice’s employer and close in November. 

The winner is invited to attend the Livery Companies Skills Council Apprentice Ceremony usually held in February, in London, where they receive a prize of £500 and a ceremonial drinking horn, together with the Horners/BPF Apprentice Certificate presented by the Lord Mayor of London.

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.