Cleveland Bridge UK celebrates inspiring apprentice in new award

26th September 2017

Cleveland Bridge UK is honouring one of its apprentices in a new annual award inspired by a former long-standing employee.

Michael Spence, 19, from Darlington, won the ‘Ron Maddison Award’, which celebrates apprentice’s achievements. For his outstanding contribution Michael was presented with the Ron Maddison Memorial Trophy, along with a cash sum of £100.

The award was inspired by former employee Ron Maddison, a Training School Manager who supervised approximately 700 apprentices in his 51 years at the company. The scheme, which included life skills training and technical understanding of core engineering subjects, ensured Cleveland Bridge continued to supply high-quality engineering services, enabling them to stay at the forefront of bridge making.

Following Ron’s passing, in 2015, aged 90, his family chose to honour his memory by creating the award with Cleveland Bridge to recognise the commitment, quality and aspirations of apprentices, which he championed during his time at the company.

To win the award, the apprentices are judged by various criteria including the biggest improvement, addressing safety concerns for themselves and others, work accuracy, flexibility, efficiency and demonstrating the ability to help Cleveland Bridge to implement its core values.

The company continues to have a strong commitment to apprenticeships with a current group of 24 apprentices going through the programme. Earlier this year, Cleveland Bridge UK’s apprenticeship scheme received national recognition when apprentice Liam Simpson, 21, was named the Metal Industries Apprentice of the Year, as part of a UK-wide competition.

Michael Spence said, “I’m so proud to have won an award that’s in memory of a celebrated Training Manager and hope that I can continue to further myself and leave a lasting impression in my career.”

“Cleveland Bridge has a great apprenticeship programme filled with variety and we have our supervisors to thank for the huge amount of support that they give us. My favourite part of the role so far is starting something from scratch and seeing something grow and develop into a physical product, the larger the better!”

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK, added: “Apprenticeships are core to the development of our future workforce and the Training Programme we have in place helps to train enthusiastic and highly skilled workers who will be part of Cleveland Bridge for many years to come.

“It’s important to celebrate Ron’s attention to detail, his dedication and accuracy and recognise those qualities in some of our current apprentices. Some of the apprentices who worked under his supervision are still working at the company today and many more are working across the world in engineering projects using those core skills taught by him.”

Ron’s son, Ken Maddison, commented: “My Dad would be very proud that the value of good apprentices is still at the core of what Cleveland Bridge do. The family are delighted to support this great initiative and wish Michael and all the apprentices good luck in their future careers”.

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