Marshall apprentice achieves silver at national awards


David Firth, a Marshall Aerospace Defence Group Apprentice, has just been awarded the Silver Award as the runner-up at the recent National Engineering Employers Federation Manufacturing Awards for 2012 held in London. David, who lives in Cambridge, was selected as a finalist, having won the Regional Award for the South East last November.

These annual awards from the Engineering Employers Federation, the manufacturers' organistaion, recognise excellence and enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers and the outstanding achievement by a first year apprentice is presented to the apprentice who has done most to seize the training and development opportunities made available during the first year of their apprenticeship training. 

Rob Butler, Manager of Marshall AeroAcademy, which runs the Company’s Apprentice Training Programme, said: ‘The competition was extremely close and the award for first place was almost a tie.  Judges deliberated long and hard to select the eventual winner and this was the first time ever that a runner-up prize, which recognised the excellence of David’s performance, had been awarded.’

The award ceremony took place at a Gala Dinner in the Grand Connaught Rooms, London and the prizes were presented by Sarah Sillers (formerly the Chief Executive of the Institute for the Motor Industry, who has recently taken over as Chief Executive of Semta, the Training Agency), who is coincidentally a non-Executive Director of Marshall of Cambridge.

Rob Butler added: ‘I am very proud of the calibre of apprentices that Marshall develops each year and this is the second consecutive year in which a Marshall apprentice has reached a National Final of this prestigious award.’

Image: David Firth (left) with winner Devon Summer of Airbus Operations Ltd and fellow runner-up, Jamie Barlow of Xylem.

There were over 400 entrants from across the United Kingdom taking part in this award ceremony.

Founded in 1909 with little capital as a chauffeur drive company in Cambridge, Marshall moved into the retail motor business in 1910, obtained the Austin Distributorship for Cambridgeshire in 1920 and entered the aviation business in 1929.  With all its growth funded by ploughed-back profits, the Marshall Group remains a privately owned family Company, with a turnover of over £1bn per annum.  The Group of Companies is chaired by the third generation of the Marshall family, and employs members of the fourth generation.  The Group currently employs just over 4,000 people working in the fields of aerospace engineering; design and manufacture of specialist vehicle applications, military mobility shelters and hospital surgical units; motor vehicle sales and after sales support; refrigerated transport sales and support; and property ownership and management.   (

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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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