Last Friday (October 19) Ross Johnson, an apprentice with product design consultancy ITERATE, won Young Apprentice of the Year at the Monmouthshire Business Awards 2018.
The Young Apprentice of the Year award was sponsored by Y Prentis, a construction based shared apprenticeship scheme in south east Wales. The award recognises an individual’s commitment to their personal development and the outstanding contribution they have made to their workplace.
Winner of the award, Ross Johnson, joined ITERATE as a Graduate Design Engineer in October 2016 and has since been working to compete his NVQ Level 3 apprenticeship in management. His outstanding performance during this time has not only allowed him to successfully achieve this qualification, but to refine his skills and secure full-time employment with ITERATE as an Advanced Design Engineer.
ITERATE works with clients to help them take an idea and turn it into a finished product. Some of the projects that Ross has helped to deliver include the packaging for Snoreeze, an oral device which is currently on sale nationwide, and the creation of car key fobs for the Volkswagen Group in partnership with Scented Silicone.
Ross said: “I’m overjoyed to have won Young Apprentice of the Year. It came as a complete shock but it’s a great feeling to be recognised for the work I’ve been putting in. I would recommend an apprenticeship scheme to anyone looking to start or advance their career, as it provides you with a great route into a role that sets you up for the future. A big thank you to Gethin from ITERATE for the continued support, allowing me to grow both personally and professionally.”
Gethin Roberts, Director of ITERATE, said: “We are thrilled that Ross won Young Apprentice of the Year at the Monmouthshire Business Awards — it is a great achievement for Ross personally and the company as a whole. Having recently studied an NVQ in Management, we have observed Ross develop his understanding of the commercial environment we operate within and be able to better contribute to the daily running of the organisation through implementing a number of process improvements. Whilst ITERATE is a small design consultancy, we are committed to the professional development of all our employees by presenting them with challenging opportunities and enabling them to grow.”
The Monmouthshire Business Awards celebrates business excellence throughout Monmouthshire, and provides a prestigious platform for local businesses and individuals to shine.
Robert O’Dwyer, Head of Business Transformation at Monmouthshire County Council and Director of Y Prentis, said: “The Monmouthshire Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity to hear some inspirational stories about young entrepreneurs, SME’s and larger companies who are demonstrating what a wealth of talent we have across the region. Congratulations to all the shortlisted entries and winners, in particular to Ross who picked up the Young Apprentice of the Year award. This award will hopefully be a great platform for Ross to further his career, and inspire other young people to enter next year’s awards.”