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New accolade for AMRC Training Centre Apprentice of the Year Russell

posted 28 Apr 2015, 02:11 by RiDO Rotherham

Seventeen year old Russell Fox, an apprentice from Sheffield-based automotive tools specialist Eldon Tools has won a new accolade for his achievements.

Russell from Arbourthorne, Sheffield has been named ‘Made in Sheffield Apprentice of the Year. He was one of two AMRC Training Centre apprentices to reach the Made in Sheffield shortlist, the other being Amy Flannery, from Cooper & Turner.

His success comes a month after he was named the AMRC Training Centre’s Apprentice of the Year, and also won the Barnsley College sponsored ‘Academic Achiever of the Year Award at the inaugural Apprentice Awards staged by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research centre.

Russell’s earlier success in the AMRC Training Centre Awards won the trip of a lifetime to Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle, to see the aerospace giant’s new Dreamliner being made.

Tracy Williams of Eldon Tools said; “Russell has got such an interest in what we do as a business. When he goes out with other people to test our tools and gets under the bonnet of a car, he knows exactly what he’s looking at and how it works, which is such a bonus.

“He’s a real enthusiast about everything he does. He throws himself into every challenge. He’s a super guy.”

Russell got a taste for engineering as an early age and had already got a portfolio of work to present when he joined Eldon, including completely rebuilding a classic car with his father’s help. He has also played a key part in the design, manufacturing and testing of a special Land Rover Discovery ball joint tool, for which he made nine of the 17 components from scratch

Russell, who applied for an apprenticeship after completing his GCSEs because further classroom based learning didn’t appeal to him, said “Winning the Boeing Apprentice of the Year Award was a surprise, Getting a 2nd award was fantastic”.