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Welding Institute Northumbria Branch hosts Virtual Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony

26 APRIL 2021

The Welding Institute’s Northumbria Branch successfully hosted an Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony last month. The event was organised and arranged by the Northumbria Branch Committee with 3M, The Welding Development Centre, Dyer Engineering Ltd and Lincoln Electric kindly sponsoring the winning and runner-up prizes.

After a round of interviews, the winner and runner-up were finalised and announced on the evening of the online Zoom awards ceremony. The first place was awarded to Bailey Hymas (AWeldI) and the runner-up place went to Camden Smith (AWeldI).

About the Winners

First Place Winner

Bailey Hymas (AWeldI) is currently a welder fabricator at PRM Fabrications where he also previously completed a Business Administration Level 3 NVQ with Itec in 2017. Since his completion of the Business Administration NVQ, Bailey has also undertaken a Level 2 Welding and Fabrication NVQ with PRM Fabrications and New College Durham, which he completed in 2020 and this is also where he is currently continuing his Level 3 NVQ in Welding Fabrication.


The runner-up was Camden Smith (AWeldI) who is an apprentice welder at A&P Group. After completing his A-levels, Camden decided to apply for an apprenticeship with A&P Tyne, where he has now worked since 2018, and is also currently working towards his Level 3 apprenticeship with South Tyneside College.

Bailey Hymas (AWeldI)

Camden Smith (AWeldI)

We spoke with the Younger Members’ Committee (YMC) Branch Representative, Adam Black (AWeldI) about the event and his role:

Why did you take on your role as YMC Branch Representative?

In discussing the reasons behind choosing to undertake the role, Adam explained that, “I feel very passionate about apprenticeships and about engineering in the North East and I feel that I wish I had more insights into the industry from people coming out to do talks and generally being there to ask questions about their course, their career and their jobs.”

Why is it important to you to organise these events for our Younger Members?

Adam highlighted that it was important to him, “to recognise the work that these young people are putting in and for them to sit back and recognise their own achievements,” also noting the importance of these events in, “promoting apprenticeships and industry within the region as a whole. My aim in doing these is to recognise and appreciate all the young talent we have here in the North East and showcase this to the world. Let everyone know what we are about and what we are doing!!!”

About the Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony

Adam concluded that, “the event went really well, all things considered. We all had a beer over Zoom to celebrate the winners’ achievements,” adding that, “we had all of the Branch Committee in attendance as well as some special guests to hand over the prizes and chat with the winners. The chair of The Welding Institute’s Younger Members’ Committee, Catherine Leahy, was also in attendance, which was brilliant, and we have since been organising the handing over of the prizes to our winning apprentices!”

Statement from the Chair of the YMC

We also spoke with the Chair of our Younger Members' Committee, Catherine Leahy (Student AWeldI), who attended the virtual awards ceremony and offered the following words:

"Congratulations to Bailey and Camden on behalf on the Younger Members' Committee for their very well-deserved awards. It was so nice to be able to celebrate their achievements during the virtual awards ceremony. A big well done to Adam and the rest of the Northumbria branch for organising such a brilliant event supporting young people. Wishing the winner and runner up the very best for their future endeavours."

The Welding Institute would like to congratulate both Bailey and Camden for their achievements and, additionally, would like to thank our Northumbria Branch for arranging this event, the sponsors of both prizes and finally, Adam for his collaboration on this article and his continued support of the YMC as the Northumbria Branch Younger Members’ Committee Representative.

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