EMPLOYER: Albion Valves
COURSE: Warehousing Apprenticeship
Winner of Engineering and Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year at the SCR Apprenticeship Awards
Ryan Moore is proof you’re never too old to learn new skills - or be an award-winning apprentice!
The 41-year-old was voted Engineering and Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever won anything,” said Ryan, export manager with Barnsley-based Albion Valves, one of the UK’s leading valve suppliers.
Ryan was 39 when, after years of mentoring young apprentices and seeing them grow in knowledge and confidence, he decided to study for a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Operations Management.
His last year of studies were carried out during the pandemic as he worked flat-out, looking after Albion’s customers in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Africa and everywhere in between.
“It was all hands on deck,” he said. “Among many other places, we supply valves to medical facilities and hospitals, which meant our customer orders were even more vital and time-critical than usual
Ryan also found time to volunteer in his community after work.
“When I look back and think of the extra hours I put in while working my way through a very labour-intensive and tough qualification, I am not sure how I did it,” he said.
“My apprenticeship is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It boosted my confidence and taught me new methods of management. My qualification was a validation of everything I’ve been doing for years and I’m so grateful to my tutor Adrian Plant, who encouraged me every step of the way.”
David Keys, MD of Albion Valves, said: “We are extremely proud of Ryan for winning the award, but also for all the hard work and dedication he gave to his role with us and his studies during the pandemic.”