Matt is top apprentice!

Andy and Matthew
Andy and Matthew

A TALENTED Clitheroe man has been given a top award for his outstanding skills in engineering.

Matthew Salisbury (21), has been named as Overall Apprentice of the Year by his employer, global leader Fort Vale Engineering, in Simonstone.

The award for the former Ribblesdale High School Technology College pupil is the best way to celebrate the end his four-year apprenticeship with the company, which manufactures valves and fittings for transportation in road tankers and tank containers.

Matthew, who will now continue with Fort Vale whilst completing a Foundation degree in Engineering, said: “I’m so happy to have won this award, I really didn’t expect it at all. In fact, I booked the day of the awards off as holiday and so had a presentation on the factory floor on my return.

“Since I was at school I have wanted to be an engineer. I have enjoyed every second of my apprenticeship, this award really tops it all off! I cannot wait to get started on my career now. In five years time I hope to have a shirt and tie job within Fort Vale!”

Apprentice Training manager Alan Emerton said: “This is a well deserved win for Matthew, who has demonstrated the best overall performance of all of our apprentices.

“Matthew is what I call ‘a low maintenance employee’. He is never late, has consistent results and performs all jobs to the best of his ability every time.

“I wish Matthew every success for his future at Fort Vale.”