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Recognising dedication and hard work is a great boost. This is never truer than with the apprentices at Denholm, Rees and O’Donnell.

Denholm’s together with sister company C E Edwards have a long-standing commitment to apprenticeships. The training programmes developed and delivered by our two companies offer apprentices the chance to learn about the world of work while developing valuable skills which often lead to long-term employment within the group.

We normally have at least 2 or 3 apprentices at different stages of their training across our shop floors. While we have been running apprentice programmes for several years, we were particularly proud of the efforts of our apprentices and their support teams earlier this summer when 2 Denholms apprentices were nominated for the prestigious North West Training Council Apprentice of the Year Awards.

For over 30 years, the annual event has been celebrating the success of engineering apprenticeships across the North West. The programme culminates in a gala dinner which this year was held in July.

Awards are given in a wide range of both technical and academic categories recognising the progress made by apprentices across each year of their apprenticeships. The Main Event of the evening is the Apprentice of the Year.

Nominations included 10 apprentices from across the North West. Denholm, Rees & O’Donnell are proud to have 2 nominations in the top 10 – particularly when you consider the strength of the engineering sector in the North West and competition from major global businesses such as Jaguar LandRover and Heinz

The Denholm, Rees & O’Donnell Nominees

Our two nominees for Apprentice of the Year are Tom Denton and Harry Loftus. They both started with Denholms as rookie apprentices and are each now in their final apprenticeship year.

Each nominee received a glass trophy from Dame Lorna Muirhead,  Lord Lieutenant to the Queen for Merseyside.


Tom Denton receives his Nomination Trophy
Harry Loftus receives his Nomination Trophy

We then awaited the highly anticipated announcement of the overall winners.

When the top 3 were announced, we were delighted to learn that Tom Denton had been awarded third place overall, and with it, the Chairman’s Cup which had originally been presented to the NWTC college in 1980.

Tom Denton receiving the Chairman’s Cup from Dame Lorna Muirhead

The whole team was naturally extremely pleased with our performance on the night. We congratulate both Tom and Harry on their success, which comes directly as a result of the hard work they put in every day.

Harry and Tom with Denholm’s Managing Director, Alan Hayes
and Works Director, Ian Johns



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