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Former Itec Apprentice, Adam Harvey has been shortlisted for the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru! Adam, now 28, left school with an impressive 13 GCSEs and has since gained an Apprenticeship in Management and an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 in Management.

Adam joined Magnet & Steel, a Welsh company specialising in products for the pet retail trade in 2007 as a general warehouse operative. Due to his outstanding contribution to the growing business he has been promoted through the ranks and now proudly holds the position of Operations Director.

During his higher apprenticeship, Adam worked with the human resources department to write and introduce new recruitment and training policies, which have reduced staff turnover and costs, and improved business performance.

He also helped to develop and launch an award-winning 3D product that has allowed the company to diversify into new markets worldwide.

“The apprenticeships have definitely improved my employment prospects and I now have the qualifications to accompany my experience,” said Adam.

“I’d like to show other learners that you can leave school at 16 and still progress up the ladder in the world of work.”

Phil Cartledge, Magnet & Steel’s managing director, said: “Adam is a fantastic success story and shows how much can be achieved by a dedicated individual through an Apprenticeship.”

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