DRB has been shortlisted for two of this year’s Made in Wales Awards: Apprentice of the Year and Manufacturing Innovation. They celebrate the best in Welsh manufacturing, product development and design. A new category has been added this year, Apprentice of the Year, to celebrate the great talent being developed by some of Wales’ manufacturing businesses.

Apprentice of the Year

Beth Faulkner (pictured) is DRB’s shortlisted apprentice. She has progressed quickly because of her attitude and competence. At 18, she is already in charge of her own workshop machine, and is now being trained by her mentor on the larger CNC mills and lathes. She aspires to be a role model for other apprentices, passing on her knowledge to those starting out.

She said: “I joined DRB straight from high school at 16. I applied for the apprenticeship because DRB could provide me with a large range of opportunities and they would guide me to becoming a skilled engineer. I absolutely love my job and working at DRB is extremely rewarding.”

Manufacturing Innovation Award

A wheel removal system for a rail customer that reduces downtime and maintenance costs while increasing safety practices piqued the judges’ interest for the manufacturing innovation shortlist.

Matt Bennett, CEO at DRB said: “We’re very proud to have our technical intelligence and practical experience recognised at this year’s Made in Wales Awards.”

View the full shortlist of companies here.

Winners will be announced on October 4th in Cardiff.

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