A fitting award for apprentice

Picture (L-R) are Richard Brough, managing director of Jenkins Port Services, Terri-Ann Westerman, winner of Advanced Apprentice of the Year and Nick Wilson, director for the National Apprenticeship Service in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Picture (L-R) are Richard Brough, managing director of Jenkins Port Services, Terri-Ann Westerman, winner of Advanced Apprentice of the Year and Nick Wilson, director for the National Apprenticeship Service in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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a MOTHER-OF-THREE who helps repairs diggers for a living has scooped a top regional apprenticeship award.

Terri-Ann Westerman, of Skellow, won the Engineering and Marine Authority Awards Ltd’s Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the Yorkshire and The Humber Apprenticeship Awards.

The 32-year-old is currently working towards an advanced apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair through Doncaster College and her employer UK Coal.

She works at the firm’s Harworth base as a heavy plant fitter, repairing vehicles such as diggers and excavators.

The accolades are piling up for Terri-Anne. In 2009 she was crowned The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Technician Of The Year.

She is believed to be the only woman heavy plant fitter, and beat off competition from university-trained technicians.

She said: “I was on single parent benefit for quite a few years and it was like all hope was lost. This is just living proof that you can do it.”

Trainee chef, Thomas Bracha, 16, from Doncaster also bagged The Unilever and Outward Bound Trust Award for Young Apprentice of the Year.

He is working towards a hospitality Young Apprenticeship at the Earl of Doncaster Hotel.

Both will represent Yorkshire at the National Apprenticeship Awards in London on June 29.

Meanwhile, steel giants Sheffield Forgemasters has announced it is to recruit 16 new apprentices.Visit sheffieldforgemasters.com