DSG Bovington's Apprentices Reap Their Rewards

13/03/2009
DSG Bovington's Apprentices Reap Their Rewards

Apprentices from DSG's (Defence Support Group) Bovington site, recently gathered for the annual apprentice awards and graduation ceremony, held at the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole. Attended by DSG's Chief Executive, Archie Hughes, awards were presented to the top apprentices, and Deeds were also signed and witnessed for the new intake of apprentices.

Top Phase 1 apprentices were John Burt (Weymouth) and Dan Poole (Dorchester). The Phase 2 awards went to Ryan Gibson and Jamie Huet (both from Bovington) and the Phase 3 awards were presented to Dean Elford (Swanage) and James Cairns (Dorchester). The coveted Apprentice of the Year award was presented to Peter Waite from Poole. On behalf of UNITE the Union, Colin Rose presented John Crockford (Dorchester) with the "Apprentice Showing Most Improvement" award.

This year, the apprentices asked if they could recognise the contribution the Apprentice Masters make towards their training.  The first Apprentice Master Award was presented to Barry Masters (East Knighton), based on the number of nominations received from the apprentices. Three Apprentice Master Certificates of Merit were also awarded to Bob Hopkins (Dorchester), Guy Elliott (Maiden Newton) and Mark Panchen (Cerne Abbas).  DSG Bovington's Compliance Manager, Phillip Wellstead, said, "We all appreciate the time, effort and patience the Apprentice Masters put into training our apprentices. We asked the apprentices to nominate the Apprentice Master they wished to honour and to tell us why. The comments received, praised not just the standard of training, but also acknowledged the amount of encouragement given and how much the apprentices were made to feel comfortable in the workplace,"

In addition to the awards ceremony, five graduating apprentices were presented with their final Deeds; Ben Davis (Weymouth), Jeff Warr (Blandford), Keith Avant (Weymouth), Dean Elford (Swanage) and James Cairns (Dorchester). Unable to attend on the evening, Dan O'Donovan also received his Deeds at a later date.

Bovington's new apprentices; David Richards, James Hanmer, Ian Baker, Stephen Board, Ryan Badcock, Simon Beedle, Phil Tawse, Chris Penny, Darren Spavins, Martin Read, Paul Norman and Stephen Booth signed their Deeds on the evening with Bovington’s Head of Business, Brendan Burrows.

Commenting on the evening’s awards, DSG's Chief Executive, Archie Hughes said, "DSG has an enviable track record in turning out apprentices of the highest calibre, and this is evident in the wealth of talent we now have across the business.  Our apprentices, trainers and Apprentice Masters should all be justifiably proud of their achievements, and the role they play in contributing to a highly-skilled workforce which in turn, will give us our managers and business leaders of the future."

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Notes to Editors:
1. Attached picture shows the apprentice award winners, L-R John Burt, Ryan Gibson, 
James Cairns, John Crockford, Jamie Huet, Dean Elford, Dan Poole and Peter Waite.

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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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