Young apprentice from Rugby wins national award for his 'outstanding commitment'

Alongside his responsibilities in the inspection department, he has helped improve ‘on-site efficiency’ and taken new apprentices under his wing, supporting them in their new roles

Tyler Gillespie, 18, has been named Lloyds Bank SME Apprentice of the Year award after excelling in his role with Rugby-based manufacturer Technoset Ltd, which specialises in precision engineering.
Tyler Gillespie, 18, has been named Lloyds Bank SME Apprentice of the Year award after excelling in his role with Rugby-based manufacturer Technoset Ltd, which specialises in precision engineering.

A young apprentice from Rugby has won a national award for his 'outstanding commitment'.

Tyler Gillespie, 18, has been named Lloyds Bank SME Apprentice of the Year award after excelling in his role with Rugby-based manufacturer Technoset Ltd, which specialises in precision engineering.

Since joining the team in April 2021, Tyler has impressed with his 'commitment to going above and beyond'.Alongside his responsibilities in the inspection department, he has helped improve ‘on-site efficiency’ and taken new apprentices under his wing, supporting them in their new roles.

Tyler talks to Mark Pawsey MP and the team at Technoset

The judges were also impressed by how Tyler balanced his work with his studies at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, where he is working towards becoming a Level 4 engineering technician in product design development.

After receiving his award, Tyler said: “I have loved my apprenticeship with Technoset – it has been a fantastic way to start my career and begin learning skills that will set me up for life.

"My confidence has already grown massively, and I’m in an environment where I can learn every day and really feel like I’m making a difference to the business. I’m excited for what comes next in my journey.”

Tyler also met Mark Pawsey MP who was visiting Technoset to view its recent investments in new technologies.

Mark Pawsey MP (right), Apprentice of the Year Tyler Gillespie (centre) and the Technoset team

Supported by Lloyds Bank and Regional Development Agencies, Technoset has now implemented new production control and quality systems to the machine shop floor, as well as more automation systems to enable around-the-clock production.

Mr Pawsey said: “The Midlands is renowned as a manufacturing and engineering powerhouse and nurturing the next generation of talent is key to helping us remain a UK leader in these sectors. That’s why it is vital that we encourage apprentices such as Tyler and celebrate their successes.

"Tyler’s achievements are truly outstanding and he is an excellent role model and ambassador who is helping to change the perception of manufacturing and highlight the exciting work and great career opportunities the sector can offer young people across the region.”

Tyler shows Mark some of the work he has done as part of his apprenticeship with Technoset Ltd