DSG Warminster Apprentice Awards

DSG Warminster Apprentice Awards

DSG Warminster's apprentices recently had cause for celebration, when they gathered with their families for the annual Apprentice Awards and Graduation Ceremony, held on Friday 21 November at the Assembly Rooms in Warminster.

The evening was hosted by Mat Havery, Apprentice Manager, and the main address was delivered by Brendan Burrows, Business Unit Manager. During the course of the evening, five new apprentices and their parents signed the Deeds of Apprenticeship, with Mat Havery acting as witness. Joining DSG are Chloe Elliot, Matthew Beer, Craig Buckton, Paul Johnson and Adam Poulson.

The evening was a great success with massive support from the apprentices’ parents and also many of DSG’s Apprentice Masters.

Following a short break for refreshments, the evening continued with the awards being presented by Nick Morgan, DSG Warminster’s Operations Manager.  The award for Best First Phase Apprentice went to Barnaby Barnes, and Best Second Phase Apprentice was awarded to Ben Courage. Sebastian Hodges was named as the Best Third Phase Apprentice. Other winners on the night were Michael Lonsdale-Smith (Merit Shield for Practical Achievement), Joseph Toye (Best Improved Apprentice of the Year) and Matthew Beer (Chippenham College Apprentice of the Year). Ben Courage also took home the Merit Shield for Academic Achievement and was further rewarded with the coveted Overall Apprentice of the Year award.                       

Brendan Burrows returned to the stage to congratulate and award Deeds of Apprenticeship to all the Graduating Apprentices.  Special mention was made to Andy Bowley and Sebastian Hodges who have since relocated to Chivenor IBES.

Commenting on the event, Mat Havery said, “Apprentices are the life blood of any business.  If DSG are to continue to provide critical support to the Armed Forces, we must invest in the new engineers of the future.  The awards evening hosted at the Assembly Rooms in Warminster, allowed us to join together with the friends and parents of our apprentices and celebrate their graduation and success over the past year".



Notes to Editors:

  1. Attached picture shows Mat Havery (left) pictured with DSG Warminster’s apprentices.
  2. DSG launched on 1 April 2008 and brought together the ABRO and DARA businesses into a single new defence Trading Fund.  DSG’s primary focus will be in providing expert in-house maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the through life support of the key land and air based platforms and equipment for the UK Armed Forces.


  1. It draws together many unique capabilities that have been developed over several decades for the direct benefit of troops and their equipment at both home and abroad. The combined businesses will turnover in excess of £200m, with a workforce of around 3800 strategically located throughout the UK.


  1. DSG’s Head Office is located in Andover and provides strategic direction to the main sites in Bovington, Catterick, Colchester, Donnington, Sealand, St Athan, Stafford, Stirling, Telford and Warminster. Smaller support sites located in Aldershot, Bicester, Edinburgh, Kinnegar, Sennybridge and York further enhances DSG’s geographic coverage. Small support teams are also permanently embedded in other UK military sites.


  1. For further information about DSG, contact Allan Robertson, press office:
    Office hours: 01264 385799 or 01446 755202

Out of hours: 07710 789853

Visit: www.dsg.mod.uk



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