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After years of hard work, study and invaluable on-the-job experience, over 150 apprentices based at Make UK’s Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham, have graduated from their apprenticeship and HNC/HND programmes.

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The graduation ceremony, at Edgbaston Stadium, also saw the presentation of two special awards; the Final Year Award and the Mark Burgess Endeavour Award.

The Final Year Award – given to the final year apprentice who has achieved great things during their apprenticeship, was presented to Harry Halford, from Conveyor Units Ltd, who lives in Stourbridge.

Winner of the Final Year Award, Harry Halford, receiving his award from Stephen Phipson

The Mark Burgess Endeavour Award, named in honour of a Make UK apprentice who passed away just before his own graduation in 2018, is given to a student who has completed their apprenticeship, having overcome a personal challenge or obstacle. The 2019 winner, Declan Morris from Castings plc, who lives in Cannock, received his award from Mark’s mother, Sara Cole.

Declan Morris receiving the Mark Burgess Endeavour Award from Sara Cole

Make UK, formerly the EEF, still has vacancies for its November 2019 and January 2020 intakes. Call 0121 344 7900 or email [email protected] to find out more about the role available. You can also visit; 

A group of 2019 graduates A group of 2019 graduates
A group of 2019 graduates A group of 2019 graduates


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