Cartwright’s star apprentice Josh Redfern is in the running for a top accolade at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

The talented 22-year-old from Warrington has made the shortlist for the EEF Final Year Apprentice Award after completing his four-year apprenticeship with the leading body and trailer manufacturer.

Joshua impressed the judges with his dedication to his apprenticeship and determination to pursue a career in manufacturing.

The ambitious engineer is now up against other shortlisted apprentices from across the North West, each looking to be crowned regional winner at a ceremony taking place at A J Bell Stadium in Eccles on November 18th.

If successful, Joshua will then go on to compete with other regional winners from across the UK for the national title which will be announced at an awards gala dinner in London early next year.

Joshua said: “It’s an honour to have been shortlisted for this award. I know how hard-working and dedicated each and every apprentice is so I am delighted to have been recognised in this way.

“I’m looking forward to finding out how I get on at the awards ceremony and also meeting the other apprentices that I’m up against.”

Joshua is no stranger to awards having already won third place in Cartwright’s own Apprentice of the Year Awards. He was also named runner up in the EEF’s accolades in 2013 for the First Year Apprentice Award.

Joshua, who is also studying for an engineering degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, was one of the first to sign up to Cartwright’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme in 2012.

He added: “I am still in the early stages of my career, but my apprenticeship has opened up doors and I can see a clear path to working in a sector that I enjoy and where I feel my achievements are valued. I hope that other young people can see this and are inspired to take up an apprenticeship in manufacturing too.”

Martin Hottass, General Manager of Siemens Professional Education UK – which is sponsoring the EEF Final Year Apprentice Award – congratulated Joshua on making the shortlist.

He added: “This is a great achievement by Joshua. It’s testament to his dedication to his apprenticeship that he has been shortlisted for this important award.

“Manufacturing is essential to British economic success. These awards recognise the important role and contribution of apprentices and go a small way to recognise the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication that they bring to the sector.

“It’s great to see Joshua’s efforts being recognised and I wish him the best of luck at the regional awards ceremony.”