Anthony Palmer has defied serious illness to complete his apprenticeship training ahead of target, obtaining distinctions throughout his BTEC qualifications.
He started his training with employer Stainless Metalcraft and the College of West Anglia in September 2007, having achieved seven GCSEs. But in the second year of his apprenticeship, Anthony was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery. After some time off, he returned to work and training with renewed enthusiasm and focus. His motivation and achievement had a positive impact on fellow apprentices.
He achieved NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations level 2, BTEC First Certificate in Engineering level 2, Employment Responsibilities and Rights, and BTEC Apprenticeship in Engineering Full Award. He went on to achieve NVQ in Fabrication and Welding level 3, BTEC National Award in Engineering level 3 and BTEC Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Full Award.
“Despite a difficult couple of years, Anthony managed to finish his apprenticeship a year early. He has had the best feedback and reports and he brought a new lease of life to the department,” said Carli Brown, one of his tutors at Stainless Metalcraft. “He has a real thirst for learning, and now he’s finished his apprenticeship he wants to learn more, and we want to support him to do that. As the average age of the company is 56, looking to the future apprentices are vital for the future development of the business.”
“This is just the beginning,” Anthony says. “I want to carry on learning more about the engineering industry, and to learn new skills and gain additional qualifications to achieve my full potential. You only get one chance at life, so I don’t intend to waste it.”