Superior, a leading manufacturer of high integrity O-rings and seals, based in Dorset, has been shortlisted in the ‘Apprentice and Training’ category at Made in the South West Awards 2016.

Insider’s Made in the South West Awards showcase manufacturing from across the south west, giving companies the opportunity to celebrate their achievements. The Apprentice and Training category recognises the manufacturing companies that have done most to further the cause of apprenticeships.

Superior has its own award-winning training Academy, accepting people directly from school at 16 years old, through to A-Level students and university graduates. Students at the Academy can work in various roles, including design, manufacturing, maintenance and precision engineering.

The Academy is run by a dedicated team, including an NVQ qualified assessor and engineer. Superior provides one-to-one support to each apprentice, giving them tailored training and guidance throughout their learning.

The apprenticeship initiative is growing from strength to strength, with 20 apprentices currently at the Academy. £15 million has been ploughed back into the Academy since opening in 2012 and there are firm plans in place to create a Material Science Academy and STEM facility.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced on Wednesday November 2 at The Thistle Grand Hotel in Bristol. Back in 2014, Superior was awarded ‘Apprentice Training Company of the Year’ at the awards dinner.

Katie Bodman, head of training academy at Superior, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted in the Made in the South West Awards and proud to fly the flag for Dorset manufacturers. We invest a lot of our time making sure Superior is a great place to work and ensuring our apprentices are supported throughout their training.

“Superior works closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges to get students of all ages interested in engineering, science and manufacturing.”

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