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Double victory for JCB at National Apprenticeship Awards

Nihal Dhillon and Gavin Archer

Company celebrates after scooping Macro Employer of the Year and Rising Star of the Year awards  

JCB have scooped top honours in the final of the prestigious 2021 National Apprenticeship Awards. As well as being crowned Macro Employer of the Year, engineering apprentice Nihal Dhillon was named Rising Star of the Year, and to add to the celebrations, quality engineer Gavin Archer was Highly Commended in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category.

JCB’s early career talent manager Neil Fowkes collected the Macro Employer of the Year award on behalf of the company at the event in London. He said: ‘We are very, very proud. It is great recognition for the apprentices and their mentors and coaches, our network of training providers and, also, for the support we receive from the company and our chairman, Lord Bamford.’

The competition, which is now in its 18th year, has been designed to recognize and reward the achievements of exceptional apprentices, as well as apprenticeship employees and champions. JCB beat off competition from co-finalists Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Navy to win their award.

Nihal Dhillon (left of photo) is in the third year of a four-year Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at JCB and works at the company’s World HQ at Rocester. He said: ‘It feels fantastic to have won this award, and to be recognized for all the hard work. I think these awards are really important to showcase the amazing young talent we have in this country across all schemes.’

Gavin Archer (right of photo) passed his Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship with distinction earlier this year and is now working as a quality engineer at JCB Earthmovers in Cheadle, Staffordshire. He said: ‘When asked the age-old question ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’, I would never have envisaged myself in this position.

‘However, this goes to show what you can achieve with hard work and determination to get yourself in the best position possible. This truly has been a great way to round off my JCB apprenticeship.’

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