Trafford College Apprentice, Tom Linaker, is celebrating being named runner-up Apprentice of the Year at the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017.
Tom (27) from Oldham, picked up his award at a glittering ceremony hosted by Gordon Burns at the Best Western Cresta Court hotel in Altrincham on Thursday 19 October.
Tom was recognised for his hard work and dedication to his apprenticeship programme with Siemens Rail. The apprenticeship path in Rail Systems is a Level 3 framework which delivers highly skilled T2 train maintenance technicians into the workforce. Tom is currently being trained as a train maintenance technician apprentice at Ardwick Traincare Facility.
Since joining the business, Tom has built a fantastic reputation between technicians, apprentices and managers for being an exemplary Siemens employee and for being professional, focused and mature.
Tom has quickly and efficiently been able to apply his skills and knowledge in the workplace and has become a valued member of his tech team. Tom recently acted as a project leader for ‘MyCheckin’, an apprentice led initiative facilitated by Entrepreneurs in Action, whereby a group of apprentices proposed an idea to a board of 50 senior business leaders, in order to tackle a business problem identified by the cultural enquiry team. Tom was a crucial driver in the project, highlighting his skills in project management, leadership and business communication. As a result of his contribution, ideas have been carried forward to the creation of a new tablet app for Siemens employees. In December 2016, Tom won Rail Systems Apprentice of the Year at the Mobility ELT celebration gala, due to his “amazing attitude and mature thought process”, his “exceptional interpersonal skills” and being “clearly extremely driven”.
Tom is already recognised within the industry. He was recently invited to a dinner at the Royal College of Physicians in the presence of the Princess Royal, who presented him with a bursary that was awarded from the engineers trust.
Tom chose an apprenticeship route at a later stage in his educational journey. This was due to a realisation of his passion for knowledge within mathematics and electronics, and wanting a career path that would suit him best.
He commented, “I am very happy to have received this award in recognition of my hard work and achievements. I would like to thank Trafford College and Siemens for their continued support throughout my apprenticeship.”