A PROMISING young Gloucestershire engineer is in the running for a national apprenticeship award.
Kenny Collins has already won the Apprentice of the Year Award at Delphi Diesel Systems in Stonehouse where he works.
And now he has reached the finals of the Semta Skills Awards that take place in London on February 12. Business Secretary Vince Cable will be the keynote speaker.
Semta is the leading award body for engineering and advanced manufacturing skills.
Kenny will be up against apprentices from BAE Systems, Sellafield Limited and MBDA Missile Systems.
A spokesperson at Delphi said: "As Semta are the leading awarding body for engineering skills in the UK, we are extremely proud that Ken's achievements have been recognised at national level.
The category was the most competitive in terms of numbers nominated.
"Given that there are some very large employers represented in the final, we are all naturally very excited for Ken."
Delphi employs around 1,000 people at Stonehouse. Part of the multinational Delphi organisation, it is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ultra-high precision fuel injection systems helping to cut vehicle emissions.
Delphi Diesel Systems is recruiting 10 new apprentices in 2014 and is backing the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo campaign, The Age of The Apprentice, to help and encourage apprenticeships.
It will highlight the opportunities available to our young people at a time when it has never been more important to help them on the career ladder.
It will all culminate in Gloucestershire SkillsFest 2014 at Gloucestershire College on March 7 to 8.
The campaign is also supported by Gloucestershire College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Gloucestershire Engineering Training, Western Power Distribution and Speller Metcalfe.