Victor Manufacturing apprentice Brooke Lawford, 17, has won the Best First Year Fabrication Apprentice award by training provider Kirkdale Industrial Training Services.

She was presented with a glass trophy and a welding mask in recognition of her contribution to Victor’s projects for high-street chains Greggs and Wetherspoons.

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Local news outlet, Batley & Birstall News, reported that Lawford chose a welding training placement at the Bradford-based fabricator after attending a female-only careers workshop run by Kirkdale.

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Lawford told the local newspaper that she has always wanted to work with machinery.

She said: “Everyone at work is so friendly and having my own mentor has really helped my confidence grow.

“I wanted to be a car mechanic when I was 6 years old and later on, I did some work experience with my godfather, who owns an engineering company.

“Since then, I always knew I wanted a career in engineering.”

Lawford has now completed Kirkdale’s Level One fabrication course and is on track to finish her Level Two apprenticeship within 3 years.

Victor Manufacturing commended her attitude to learning, confidence and enthusiasm.