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News: Apprentice reaches national finals

Matthew Turner

Multi-skilled technician apprentice Matthew Turner has been crowned the regional winner of the National Apprenticeships’ ‘Rising Star’ Award for the Yorkshire and Humberside region. He will now compete in the national finals in London on 27th November.

Regional Winner

Matthew is working towards a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Emtec, the commercial automotive arm of Nottingham College, alongside his job at Gemini Accident Repair Centre in Rotherham. The award, which was sponsored by the Lloyds Banking Group, was presented to Matthew at a special ceremony held in Leeds on 19th September.

I am stunned to have won something of this magnitude - I feel like a celebrity! It means a great deal to me, my employer and my family. I feel like I’ve gained skills in teamwork, leadership and I don’t think I would have got that from university so that’s really set me up well for the future.

I will take away a massive amount of motivation from this, to continue and aspire to be better every day. I would 100% say to anyone considering an apprenticeship – ‘do it’ – because it might just be the best thing you ever do!

- Matthew Turner

Emtec Managing Director, Andy Moore, said: “A huge congratulations to Matthew on his personal success and to all at Gemini for providing an exceptional working environment and support platform for all of their apprentices to progress and flourish as a key part of the Gemini national workforce. I wish Matthew lots of luck for the final stage of the competition.”

The national finals will take place in London on 27th November. You can get behind Matthew by taking part in the ‘public vote’ which opens from 7th to 18th October.

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  • 26th September 2019 (4:07 PM)
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