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JCB engineer scoops apprentice award

JCB engineer scoops apprentice award: A JCB Design Engineer is the toast of the UK today after winning a national apprentice award.

Louise Meredith, 21, scooped the title of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year at the finals of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Awards in London last night (Wednesday, November 27th) just weeks after winning the regional final.

JCB engineer scoops apprentice award

It was a night of success for JCB apprentices as Quality Engineer Tom Lomas, 21, from Cheadle, was also highly commended at the same ceremony in the National Advanced Apprentice of the Year category just weeks after he was named Regional Advanced Apprentice of the Year. Tom works JCB Earthmovers, in Cheadle.

Louise, a Design Engineer in the Loadall division at JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester, said: “I’m passionate about apprenticeships and undertaking a degree / higher apprenticeship has been a fantastic way to start my career, so to win this national award is just amazing. I still can’t believe I’ve been recognised in this way.”

JCB Director of Learning and Development Max Jeffery said: “We are immensely proud of the outstanding achievements of these award winners who have excelled in their studies at JCB. To be recognised at national level is testament to their hard work and commitment.  The company now has more than 400 young people on its apprenticeship, undergraduate and graduate training programmes, as we continue to invest in the next generation of engineering and business professionals.”

Louise and Tom are part of a group JCB apprentices who are proving they are in a class of their own when it comes to winning awards.  JCB World HQ Business Degree Apprentice Elena Newbrook, 20, of Nantwich, Cheshire has won the Regional Make UK Business Apprentice of the Year: Rising Star award and Morgan Smith, 21, of Handforth, Cheshire has scooped Regional Make UK Engineering Apprentice of the Year: Final Year. Degree Apprentice Morgan is a Hydraulics Design Engineer at JCB Heavy Products, Uttoxeter.  Elena and Morgan will now represent the region in the National Make UK Awards on January 29th, 2020.

In addition, two JCB apprentices were highly commended on the Make UK awards shortlist. In the Midlands awards Engineering Degree Apprentice Chris Owen, 19, of Newcastle-under-Lyme who specialises in Electrical Engineering, and Olivia Pearch, 19, of Derby who is a Business Degree Apprentice at JCB Power Systems were honoured.

Applications for JCB’s 2020 apprenticeship and graduate training programmes open in December. Visit www.jcb.com/about/careers for details.

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Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award: Hastings United’s surface- and its architect- recognised in FA Groundsman of the Year Awards.

Grass. It’s often something we take rather for granted, isn’t it? But creating a fine surface for football doesn’t happen by chance; it involves a great deal of back-breaking work and an incredible amount of skill, which is why the FA honour those who have proved incredibly good at it. So stand up and be honoured Simon Rudkins of Hastings United- and a number of your BetVictor Isthmian colleagues!

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award

Yesterday at St George’s Park, Simon- who recently left his role at Pilot Field after many years of incredible service- was honoured as Isthmian League Groundman of the Year. He was also the runner up in the national competition for Step Three and Four, which is why he’s holding two trophies in our image (borrowed from Simon himself, thank you).

Much credit also goes to Andrew Facey of Maldon & Tiptree, who was the Isthmian runner up, and Derrick Matthews of Hayes & Yeading United, who came third. Both Brian Quinnel of Bognor Regis Town and Andrew Ward of Wingate & Finchley were highly commended in in the Isthmian League category and the Step Three and Four awards.

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GreenFields Pitch Scoops Award

GreenFields Pitch Scoops Award: The GreenFields pitch at Scotstoun Stadium, home to top rugby union side, Glasgow Warriors has been crowned ‘Best Managed Artificial Surface’ at this year’s prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Awards.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the industry awards recognise the expertise, dedication, passion and innovation of the grounds profession and surface standards. Glasgow Warriors’ Senior Groundsman, Patrick Ferrie was presented with the accolade at last month’s awards ceremony for his expert maintenance of the woven GreenFields surface at Scotstoun.

GreenFields Pitch Scoops Award

Colin Young, Director of R & D at the TenCate Grass Group commented on the maintenance benefits of a woven artificial system: “Due to the unique woven technology and matrix yarn composition of GreenFields MX, the yarn fibres remain upright and the infill stays mobile making maintenance quicker and easier than with traditional tufted systems.”

The high-tech product, GreenFields MX, is manufactured using patented woven technology resulting in an extremely high tuft bind. This allows the fibres to retain their vertical memory providing a more natural playing experience and aesthetic appearance. The elite woven surface is also in situ at a number of other professional Scottish clubs including Hamilton Academical FC, Falkirk FC, Celtic FC Academy and the National Performance Centre for Sport and excelled recently in an independent survey on pitches, PitchRater, commissioned by the Scottish FA and the Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA). The R & D department at Sports Labs led the project to acquire player feedback on 42 grounds in Scotland. With 3,593 responses, the only artificial surface ranked in the top ten was GreenFields MX which was also placed in three out of the top four positions in the artificial pitch specific rankings.

During the 2015/16 rugby season Glasgow Warriors were unable to play three matches at Scotstoun and a fourth game was postponed which brought on the need for a high-spec artificial surface. Following the installation of the woven 3G pitch with World Rugby professional certification, Jonathan Humphreys, Forwards Coach at Glasgow Warriors spoke recently to Scottish Rugby: “Without a quick, firm surface we would not have been able to play the brand of rugby we wanted to last term which ultimately led us to the semi-finals of the Guinness PRO14.” Beaversbrook Sports Facility, Swindon was named as runner up of the award at this year’s sell-out event attended by more than 650 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts along with dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport.

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Bobcat Loader Scoops Award

Bobcat Loader Scoops Award: Kastrup-based Svenningsens Maskinforretning A/S, the Bobcat dealer for Denmark, has won an Agromek Stars award for the new Bobcat TL43.80HF telescopic loader from the organisers of the upcoming Agromek Fair in Denmark from 27-30 November 2018.

Taking place every two years at the MCH Messecenter in Herning, Agromek is Northern Europe’s largest agricultural fair, with well over 41,000 visitors in 2016. The fair is an important meeting place for the agricultural industry, its suppliers, customers and business partners. Chosen by a panel of judges that includes farmers and industry experts, Agromek Stars is an award system focusing attention on the exhibitors’ product news. Svenningsens’ award recognizes the TL43.80HF as a ‘newsworthy’ product at the show.

Bobcat Loader Scoops Award

According to Bobcat, the TL43.80HF combines several new features to take lift capacity, lifting height and breakout force to unprecedented levels in the farming market. The TL43.80HF is therefore ideal for the heavy-duty, high-productivity applications found on large crop, livestock and dairy farms; for use by agricultural contractors working with manure, straw, alfalfa and cereals and for use in agricultural cooperatives.

Appearing for the first time at Agromek, the new top-of-the-range TL43.80HF telescopic loader will be centrestage on the Svenningsens stand (No C2750). The TL43.80HF will be joined on the stand by the latest loaders, excavators and attachments from Bobcat’s market-leading compact equipment range.

This year Bobcat celebrates the 60th anniversary of the loader. What began 60 years ago on farms in North Dakota, USA, with the development of the world‘s first skid-steer loader has grown into a truly global business and iconic brand. As well as loaders, Bobcat now offers a full line of telehandlers, compact excavators and matching attachments for agriculture, all of which will feature on the Svenningsens stand at Agromek.

As a part of celebrations for the 60th loader anniversary, visitors to the Svenningsens stand can learn about new developments in the market-leading Bobcat compact loader range. The new developments provide an increased choice of features, providing many extra benefits for customers of Bobcat skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loader ranges.

Best Loading Productivity for Agriculture

Thanks to a maximum lift capacity of 4.3 tonne and a maximum lift height of almost 8 m, combined with the fastest boom movement available in this market, the new TL43.80HF allows farmers to lift more, faster and to use higher capacity buckets for the highest loading productivity available.

 Built for intensive loading work, the TL43.80HF is in fact the only machine in this area of the market that can use a 3500 l light material bucket, combining this with a Z-bar tilt angle of 152° and a higher breakout force of 7000 kg.  When compared to other machines in this segment, the TL43.80HF provides greatly superior performance offering an increase of up to 40% in loading productivity.  Cereal truck loading, for example, has never been so fast as it is with the new TL43.80HF telescopic loader.

 HF – High Flow technology is a key feature of the TL43.80HF, offering outstanding hydraulic capabilities and performance with a class-leading 190 l/min load sensing pump and flow sharing distributor to combine all movements together. This hydraulic flow makes it possible to maintain a high work rate with an increasing number of advanced hydraulic attachments including mixer feeder buckets, bale unrollers and straw blowers.

This allows the operator to work at significantly lower speeds, consume less fuel and benefit from much shorter working cycles.  To prevent unnecessary oil heating and power loss, the load sensing pump supplies oil only when hydraulic power is required.

Bobcat Loader Scoops Award

An Unbeatable Package for Farming

The TL43.80HF offers an unbeatable package for this segment of the farming market, bringing together robustness, relatively compact dimensions, rough terrain ability and ease of use for the operator in the same machine.

With the new TL43.80HF, Bobcat now offers a range of seven different telescopic loader models for the farming market, covering maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.3 tonne and lifting heights from 6 to 8 m.

Unlike any other manufacturer on the market, all Bobcat telescopic loaders are covered by a three year/3000 hour warranty as standard.  There is also the option of extending the warranty to five years/5000 hours. All Bobcat telescopic loaders are designed and produced in Europe to meet the demand for high comfort required by customers.

 The new TL43.80HF is also available with a choice of three different AGRI packs for the farming market meeting different levels of expectation in terms of ease of use and level of comfort.

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STRI Scoops Award At Bradford Uni

STRI Scoops Award At Bradford Uni: STRI has picked up two gongs at the University of Bradford’s Summer Experience Awards, as the Bingley-based business won the Outstanding Placement Provider (SME) for its work experience internships. It also helped STRI intern, Samuel Birch, claim the Outstanding Placement Student award.

Samuel (Chemical Engineering), Malika Zahedi (Biomedical Sciences), and Steven Hopkinson (Chemistry), joined STRI as part of the Summer Experience Placement programme for six-weeks where they provided invaluable support within STRI’s research team at its world class facilities in West Yorkshire.

STRI Scoops Award At Bradford Uni

Over the course of the summer internship, the students gained knowledge on conducting scientific trials, project management and data analysis.

STRI has been running Summer Experience placements for a number of years. Former intern Sam Swires, who graduated this year, has now joined STRI in a full-time position as Trials Officer.

STRI Research operations manager, Dr Christian Spring, said: “It was a very successful night for STRI at Bradford University. It has been a great opportunity for STRI to mentor and support the next generation of turf scientists.

“I am delighted that our intern students fitted seamlessly into the research team, and that they gained such a large amount from their research experience, and that both STRI and the students have been recognised in the Summer Experience Awards. We would encourage all businesses engage with work experience students, as we have benefitted enormously from our involvement over the last few years.”

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