Sam’s Proskills Award

Sam’s the star as college partnership with Johnson Tiles gains national recognition

Young engineer Sam Williams has won national recognition for his work thanks to a training partnership between Stoke on Trent College, BEST and Johnson Tiles.

Johnson Tiles employee Sam, took second place in the National Proskills Advanced Apprentice of the Year finals, having previously scooped first place in the Proskills Apprentice of the Year finals.

Sam, of Kidsgrove, works with the Site Maintenance team at the Tunstall based tile factory.

He was taken on by Johnson Tiles after enrolling on a plumbing course at Stoke on Trent College.

And having now finished his apprenticeship with the college ambitious Sam aims to keep up his vocational training.

The 20-year-old told the Proskills judges that his aim was to work his way up to become manager of the Site Maintenance team at Johnson Tiles.

“I have enjoyed my apprenticeship and been given the opportunity to gain worthwhile qualifications throughout the four year period. The company are very supportive of all that I do and have encouraged me to widen my horizon,” said Sam.

Stoke on Trent College works in partnership with Johnson Tiles to train a number of apprentices at the company.

The company has gained a national reputation for its training programme and won the National Proskills Employer of the Year award for the second year.

The company was put forward for the award by John Edge, Ceramics Consultant, at Stoke on Trent College.

John said: “We have developed an excellent relationship with Johnson Tiles. The partnership is helping to provide skilled jobs for young people in North Staffordshire.

“Sam is a shining example of this.  The college helped him to find a position with the company and he has excelled in both his college work and on the job training.”


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