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UK apprentice competition: The search goes on

Congratulations to Alex Malam of Salop Design & Engineering the winner of the UK Manufacturing Apprentice of July. Alex is a fantastic role model to other apprentices and deservedly picks up the £100 Amazon Vouchers as a reward!

Alex had stayed on to do A Levels at his local school, but found it that he was not engaged or enthused, so he swapped to an apprenticeship. Since changing to the vocational route, he has not looked back. Alex now helps promote the apprenticeship scheme for Salop Design by joining the team at shows and schools careers events.

Alex Malam, July’s manufacturing apprentice competition winner with Chris Greenough, Commerical Director / Picture: AMI


After accepting the prize, Alex said: ‘I am happy to have won this award and would like to thank my peers at Salop Design for their mentoring over the years. I really enjoy working at Salop as every day is different and there are new challenges and problems to be solved. I am looking forward to what the future has to offer’.

Alex was nominated for the award by Commercial Director, Chris Greenough. Chris said, “We are thrilled that Alex has won this month’s prize, it is very well deserved, as he has shown enthusiasm and hard work over his time with us. He is now working on projects and will continue to learn and use his skills. Alex is a practical thinker, a pleasant young man, and a real star for the future.”

Salop Design is committed to investing in training and helping close the skills gap, not just within our company, but to the wider region. We have helped bring together a world class training facility in Bridgnorth, that has built on the foundation work done at our training centre in Shrewsbury.

The Marches Centre for Manufacturing & Technology will train the next generation of engineers to allow businesses to grow and invest. This will lead to talented individuals, like Alex, having somewhere exciting to work and somewhere that will offer not just jobs, but long-term careers’.

The national apprentice 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.

Entries are open for August’s award, to find out how enter your star apprentices, please email or visit