An apprentice technician has been named the best in his field at a national awards ceremony.
Robbi Dickinson is an apprentice lightning conductor engineer at Stone Technical Services Group, in Darlington. He has won the W.J. Furse award for the best technical application at the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group Apprentice Awards. The awards celebrate the successes of apprentices from all over the UK.
Robbi, 23, has worked at Stone Technical Services Group for almost three years in his role which involves installing lightning protection at sites all over the UK and beat off competition from hundreds of apprentices to clinch the title.
Dickinson said: “As well as my studies and the industry exams, we also have in-depth in-house training and it is great experience to learn from colleagues who have worked in the industry for many years. I’m really pleased to have won this award and it’s brilliant that my hard work in a job I love has been recognised like this.”
MD, Dave Stone, added: “Lightning protection is a very niche sector requiring some of the most highly-skilled technicians. The industry is crying out for more young people like Robbi to enter the field and, at Stone, we’re hugely supportive of all our young apprentices.”
Managers at Stone reported a successful 2013 with turnover steadily growing to over £2m. Five new jobs were created, taking staff numbers to 35. The company hopes to create around six new jobs in 2014 and boost turnover by around 30%.