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OSL Apprentice Wins MakeUK Award

Alexandra Heppel, Business Development Executive at OSL Cutting Technologies, received the prestigious MakeUK Business Apprentice Final Year award last month. Here’s a recap, featuring our Executive Chairman, David Grey MBE.

Alexandra’s impact has been notable across the commercial side of the company, leading projects whilst also training and mentoring new starters at the company. These efforts have been consistently outstanding, being previously nominated for a Made in Sheffield ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in Harrogate organised by MakeUK, the manufacturers’ orgmanisation, and sponsored by legal firm Bevan Brittan. They were held to recognise the achievements of manufacturing companies from across the North-East and Yorkshire & The Humber, with the winners now going on to the National Finals which will be held in London in January.

Dawn Huntrod, Region Director for MakeUK in the North, said:

“These awards are a testament to the dynamic companies and individuals working within engineering and manufacturing. The sector remains at the heart of South Yorkshire and creating wealth and, as we re-build our economy there will be a bright future for companies and individuals that make the most of their talent.”

This success was not only a fantastic moment for Alex, it was also a particularly proud moment for our Executive Chairman, David Grey MBE, who had the following to say:

“We were delighted to celebrate with Alex when she won “Apprentice of the Year” at the recent Make Awards, this follows last year’s success when OSL Group scooped winner and runner up in the same category. Alex is a product of our apprentice program which has been running for the last 5 years.

Our philosophy is to invest in our young people and I am particularly proud of the effort put in by our senior management team in support of rising stars such as Alex. In turn, Alex will support the next generation of engineers, marketeers and finance professionals that we are bringing through.”

David Grey MBE, Executive Chairman

Across the OSL Group, we pride ourselves on investing in our staff and developing their skills. We’re proud of our apprentices and commit ourselves to helping them achieve their potential wherever we can. We wish the Alex the best of luck at the National Awards in January.

About Make UK

Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English Region and Wales. Collectively they represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector.

They directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of Make UK, providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU, designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow. From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, their advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused.

Find out more about MakeUK here.

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