A newly-qualified engineer at service and maintenance firm Marren has beaten a host of candidates to a regional apprenticeship accolade.
Matthew Bullen, who began his role as a workshop service engineer with the company two years ago, picked up an award from training and development body NITAL after completing a BTEC National Diploma in Electronic Engineering and gaining a NVQ level 2 and 3 in the same subject.
Bullen was awarded the annual Outstanding Achievement award for his performance during the second year of the course, which saw him attend college for an extra half-day a week and pass maths and mechanical modules on top of an already demanding curriculum.
He is now using his skills in electrics and electronics to repair catering equipment for various brands that Marren services.
He said: “My job consists of testing catering equipment and their components such as capacitors, magnetrons and transformers for faults. I then diagnose the fault and take action, compiling a list of parts and presenting the description of the fault to the customer.
“If the repair is authorised then the unit is repaired. I work on various models of catering equipment, such as Merrychef, Panasonic and TurboChef, and specialise in the Electrolux high-speed Panini grill which are based in every Pret a Manger store throughout the UK.”