MTC Training apprentice wins national award

Mohammed Ismaeel with Lloyds Bank's David Atkinson
Mohammed Ismaeel with Lloyds Bank's David Atkinson

An MTC Training apprentice has been named Lloyds Banking Group’s SME Apprentice of the Year 2023 at a celebratory event at Lloyds Bank’s London office.

Mohammed Ismaeel beat competition to bring home the prestigious trophy, which is awarded annually to a top achieving apprentice working for a business that is supported through Lloyds Bank’s levy transfer scheme.

Following an unsuccessful experience with a different training provider, Mr Ismaeel worked tirelessly to achieve the results he needed to pursue an apprenticeship at MTC Training, the skills arm of the MTC based in Coventry, which aims to close the skills gap and provide the next generation of engineering talent. He was thrilled to be recognised for his achievement and impact since starting his apprenticeship at MTC Training two years ago.

He said: “I am delighted to have received the award for Lloyds Bank SME Apprentice of the Year Award. My mum and I had an amazing day that will live long in the memory.”

Having built foundational skills including milling, turning and metrology during the first year of his apprenticeship at MTC Training, Mr Ismaeel is now gaining valuable industry experience at his workplace, Impression Technologies.

He added: “Throughout my apprenticeship I have worked on my people skills, professional skills and sharpened my technical skills. I feel that starting my career in the development side of engineering has really given me an opportunity to develop and learn multiple processes on different types of machinery and equipment. I am hugely grateful for all the support I have received from Impression Technologies Ltd. and MTC Training.”

Jonathan Watkins, CEO at Impression Technologies, has seen Mr Ismaeel’s growth throughout his apprenticeship first-hand.

He said: “I have had the privilege of watching him develop into a highly capable and resourceful technician who is admired across our organisation. It was not an easy pathway for him as he had to overcome an imposed change of training provider, and effectively started his apprenticeship again. Despite this, through his positive attitude and commitment, he flourished both at ITL, aided by guidance and training from the professionals at MTC Training.”

Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

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