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Apprentice competition: Two’s a crowd? Not in this case!

Joshua Brooks and Michael Mcloughlin from Birmingham based Bromford Industries have shared the prize of the UK Manufacturing Apprentice of March and split the £100 Amazon Vouchers as a reward.

Put forward for recognition by Marketing Coordinator, Lilyana Stoyanova and Operations Director, Mike Tew, both apprentices are exceeding all expectations academically and within the workplace, therefore it was an easy decision for organisers AMI to award both Josh and Michael.

Josh and Michael now qualify for the AMI UK Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year 2018. The competition has been launched to find and recognise the very best apprentices currently working within the UK manufacturing industry. The initiative has been set up AMI, a web design & marketing agency that specialises in supporting UK manufacturing companies.

(l-r) Joshua Brooks, Mike Tew (Operations Director), Michael Mcloughlin / Picture: AMI

Mike Tew, Operations Director at Bromford said, “With their learning so far as the foundation, Josh and Michael grow in confidence and maturity, and both are a pleasure to employ. Both show a passionate interest in our business success, professionalism and respect to others at all times, continually demonstrating Bromford Industries’ Values. This is echoed by their training providers who are pleased with their progress and attitude towards their development. Both have passed their assessment so far and are continuing to study on Level 3 National Certificate and NVQ Routes.”

Josh and Michael are both in the second year of their 4 year apprenticeship programme, covering a variety of areas on the shop floor based at Bromford Industries – Birmingham. Their work experience is mainly concentrated in Bromford’s largest civil engine program Cell. The components they manufacture and supply to a major OEM  are assembled onto the platform experiencing the biggest ramp-up ever known in civil aerospace.

Mike added, One of the main highlights of Josh and Michael’s apprentice career is the fact that they are attending college and are passing all their courses even though they are full-time apprentices. They have learned a lot from when they started and now are able to run the latest technology in terms of machining tools. They are making excellent progress and are demonstrating successful problem-solving initiative and positive ‘can-do’ attitude.”

“Bromford Industries view apprenticeships as key to the future of our business. With the availability of skilled labour decreasing across the industry and wider engineering sector, apprenticeships provide a means of growing our own talent to meet future business needs. Furthermore, apprenticeships allow us to tailor training to support our internal manufacturing processes.”

Josh and Michael demonstrate CNC machining skills on a daily basis and are training on “state-of-art” 5-axis Okuma machines, developing their proficiency in Milling and Turning.

Bromford Industries is a specialist precision machined component manufacturer for commercial airliner aero engines and main landing gear. Operating from 3 locations in the UK – Birmingham, Leicester and Alcester, the company specialises in engineering solutions utilising core competencies including, complex machining and fabrication of superalloys, supply chain management expertise, specialist finishes and assemblies, all fully integrated and supplied to customers’ requirements. With circa 300 employees across three sites and a growing turnover, Bromford Industries is a premier supplier of performance critical parts.

Entries are open for April, to find out how to enter your star apprentices, please email