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WINNER! Skills Champion of the Year

Gareth JenkinsGareth Jenkins
FSG Tool and Die Ltd

Gareth Jenkins, Managing Director of Llantrisant-based precision toolmaking company FSG Tool & Die Ltd., was recognised as being one of the UK's biggest champions of skills development in advanced manufacturing and engineering, at the sixth annual Semta Skills Awards. He received the award for Skills Champion of the Year, supported by the Commercial Education Trust. 

Gareth won Skills Champion of the Year for the work he's done in creating opportunities in the manufacturing industry in Wales, both as the Managing Director of FSG Tool & Die Ltd. and in leading roles with EEF Wales for over a decade.
Since 2009, schemes Gareth played a role in creating, such as the Pathways to Apprenticeship/Enhanced Engineering Programme, Skills Growth Wales, Shared Apprenticeships, Manufacturing Skills Academy and Tailor-made training, have helped create over 9,000 jobs.

"I joined the world of work as an engineering apprentice back in 1972. When I was 22 years old I was lucky enough to go into management and I made a promise to myself that I would create as many opportunities as I could, in the same way people had created them for me," said Gareth. "In receiving this award I feel very respectful of the people that helped me get these ideas into reality, I have worked with some truly great people."

The Skills Champion of the Year runners up were: Neil Burrows (Themis at Burnley College) and Steve Pallas (Nissan Motor Manufacturing). 

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