Fleming Agri welder shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year Award

Our very own, Chloe Rankin, who is studying for the Level 3 Apprenticeship at NWRC’s Springtown has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Insider – Made in Northern Ireland’ Apprentice of the Year Award 2022. Chloe is the only female welder at the North West Regional College (NWRC) and she is also the only female member of our welding team.

Chloe said: “People are always surprised when they hear what my job is. Seeing the shock on their faces never gets old, but everyone thinks it’s class that I’m a woman welder. I like being hands-on when I’m learning and working. My experience has been good working as an apprentice, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I don’t think things would have gone as well for me if I’d gone down the strictly academic route as I wouldn’t be the biggest fan of sitting in a classroom all day, every day, and I like having a bit of freedom when working.”

Lecturer at NWRC, Justin Sterritt, who nominated Chloe for the award, described her as an “outstanding example to young women everywhere”.

He added: “Chloe is fully committed to her role and is driven to become an exceptional welder. She is not afraid to get stuck in at work, is confident in her abilities, and has shown she is as capable, if not more capable in some areas, to do the job. Her skills at welding have bloomed over her time at Fleming Agri and she is now capable of the toughest of jobs, working on her own initiative wherever possible.”

We wish Chloe all the best at the Insider – Made in Northern Ireland Awards.

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Fleming Agri-Products Ltd
Newbuildings Industrial Est
Victoria Rd,Newbuildings
Northern Ireland
BT47 2SX

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