UWTSD Degree Apprentice wins prestigious industry title at 2020 Make UK Manufacturing Awards


UWTSD’s Manufacturing Systems Degree Apprentice Saulius Paltanavicius has claimed a prestigious industry title at the 2020 Make UK Manufacturing Awards.

UWTSD’s Manufacturing Systems Degree Apprentice Saulius Paltanavicius has claimed a prestigious industry title at the 2020 Make UK Manufacturing Awards.

The 26-year-old who works in the Research and Development Department as a Software and Electronic Engineering Apprentice at Sony UK TEC, has won the Welsh Engineering Apprentice of the Year: Rising Star Award.

Originally from Lithuania, Saulius, has been working at Sony UK TEC for three years, and is now studying for his BEng Manufacturing Systems degree at UWTSD.

Barry Liles, OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Skills and Lifelong Learning at UWTSD said: “We are so pleased that Saulius has been recognised in this way on the UK stage and is testimony for all his endeavours in his employment. We are also delighted that his recognition signifies the contribution his attendance on the Degree Apprenticeship programme has made to his career development. The programme, only in its third year, is already supporting a number of rising stars in sectors key to the Welsh economy”

The Engineering Apprentice of the Year: Rising Star award recognises those who have made significant effort to seize the training and development opportunities presented to them. The nominated apprentice is required to have shown significant contribution to support the business activities of their employer, which is exactly what Saulius has endeavoured to do.

Saulius has taken every learning opportunity and every chance to become involved in projects that involve research, developing, testing, and deploying Industrial Internet of Things Technology as well as utilising those technologies to support other engineers in improving and enhancing manufacturing processes for the future.

On his success, Saulius said he was “thrilled” and “privileged” to have won.

He added: “I am immensely pleased to have won this award and I’d like to thank everyone at Sony UK TEC and UWTSD who has supported me.

“It is an amazing and overwhelming feeling to have been shortlisted for a Make UK Manufacturing Award, let alone to actually win. There are so many young and bright candidates competing for these awards and so to have been shortlisted alone feels like an enormous achievement!

“Winning this award means a great deal to me as I feel my apprenticeship has really enabled me to develop and hone my skills, while pursuing a career that I am passionate about.

“Applying for an apprenticeship position with Sony UK TEC was the best career decision I’ve ever made. Continuous hard work and endless support from Managers and the Sony Pencoed Training Academy has opened so many opportunities for me.

“Ever since starting my apprenticeship, Sony has funded and supported me through higher education and I feel extremely lucky to have been presented with every opportunity to learn, enhance and develop whilst working towards my career as a multiskilled engineer.”

Mezz Davies, who works closely with Saulius as part of Sony UK TEC’s Advanced Manufacturing Research and Operation Centre, said: “Saulius is a valued part of our team – he is kind, conscientious, with a great eye for detail and a relentless work ethic.

“His enthusiasm for learning is clear in everything he does, and he is well under way to becoming an exceptional engineer.”

Jessica Jones, Learning and Development Manager at Sony Wales Academy, added: “We’re extremely proud of Saul for how far he has come throughout his apprenticeship. The hard work that he has put in every step of the way is evident to everyone who works with him and the facility has certainly seen the benefit.

“Congratulations, Saulius, for a well-deserved win.”


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