Top award for ABP Southampton apprentice

August 1, 2018

 An ABP Southampton operations apprentice has been honoured with a top award at the Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) annual event.


The highlight of the evening came with the top award of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ being awarded to Abigail Jones, who is studying for the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship. The award acknowledges her outstanding performance in all areas of work including projects, practical assignments and other achievements throughout the year.


ABP Southampton currently has five apprentices on programmes with the specialist engineering course provide. Two of ABP’s students on the same apprenticeship course, Abigail, who is from Holbury and her colleague, Alfie Crump, from Hedge End, were also presented with certificates by Southampton Itchen MP, Royston Smith, to mark their graduation from the first year.


Abigail said: “I’m really pleased to have won this award. All the apprentices work hard and the teams at ABP go out of their way to share their skills and knowledge. I’m really excited about my future here at ABP.”


Julie Freemantle, Apprentice Programme Manager, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Alfie and Abigail’s hard work during the first year of their apprenticeship has been recognised. Abigail’s award is thoroughly deserved and I am sure it is the first of many she will receive during her career at ABP.”


ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, said: “We feel very passionately about supporting young people through their careers at the Port of Southampton and we have a very dedicated team to support their learning process. Well done to Abigail for this brilliant achievement so early on in her career with us.”


Mike Driscoll, Operations Director at SETA, said: “It is with great pleasure that Abi was presented with this year’s Apprentice of the Year Award. The Instructional Team at SETA unanimously voted for Abi to receive the award, which is a genuine reflection of her attitude, commitment and dedication to her training at SETA. She has a talent for engineering and constantly strives to attain the very highest standards in all she does – well done Abi!”