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Rising BMet engineering apprentice wins double at prestigious awards ceremony

A talented BMet engineering student has been officially rewarded for his top-class skills and strong work ethic, by gaining two coveted “Apprentice of the Year” titles.

Ahmad Ford, who is studying an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship with HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd, beat off stiff competition to triumph at the Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

Not only was Ahmad named Apprentice of the Year in Engineering and Manufacturing, but he was also chosen as Overall Apprentice of the Year for Greater Birmingham.

The prestigious annual event, held at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, celebrates talented and ambitious learners, training providers and the employers who are helping them to succeed.

Currently in the fourth year of his apprenticeship with the Aston-based hydraulic valves and manifold systems production company, Ahmad has been entrusted with a variety of projects including the moving of a valve production line from the US to the UK.

Among other achievements, he has also implemented new health and safety practices and earned a distinction in all of his BTEC modules.

Photo credit – BirminghamLive & Reach PLC

Photo credit – BirminghamLive & Reach PLC

Speaking of his huge success at the awards, Ahmad, who is also an Ambassador for the West Midlands Young Apprentice Ambassador Network, said: “I am completely humbled and honoured, to just be shortlisted, but to actually win in these two categories means so much to me. In fact, I’ve had a smile on my face since the winner was unveiled!

“It has reinforced why I wanted to become an apprentice and shows how hard work and dedication pays off. I wouldn’t be here today without the belief and support I have received from BMet and HydraForce, which I am truly thankful for. I will continue to do my best to succeed in all aspects of engineering in the future.”

Ahmad has also received huge regional and national recognition, after being shortlisted for the “Apprentice of the Year” title, at the Made in the Midlands 2021 Awards.

Now in the fourth year of his BMet Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship with HydraForce, Ahmad is soon due to start his Foundation Degree in Engineering.

Neil Davies, Director of Engineering at James Watt College, said: “We are all really pleased for Ahmad, who is going from strength to strength in his achievements and is getting the recognition that he truly deserves.

“It is fantastic that he is definitely on target to reaching his career goal to work within the field of mechatronics and we wish him all the very best on his exciting journey.”

The Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards is ran by BirminghamLive, in partnership with the Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign launched in 2018, which continues to create new apprenticeships across the region.

Jon Bradley, Managing Director at HydraForce Ltd said: “Ahmad is a fine example of everything that HydraForce Ltd apprentices represent – a talented, professional, modest and a high performing team player.

“His legacy will inspire generations of future apprentices and will further enhance the HydraForce brand, sowing seeds of excellence throughout the Global Engineering Community for years to come.”

Through BMet’s apprenticeships, students have the opportunity to carve out fantastic careers within manufacturing, engineering, electronic and related industries.

To find out more about our varied apprenticeship programmes available at BMet, please visit: https://www.bmet.ac.uk/our-courses/apprenticeships/our-apprenticeships/

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