FORMER Felpham Community College pupil Iain McEwan is a double award winner.
Iain, 27, has received this year’s Application of Learning Award from Southern Water. It follows the Apprentice of the Year title he gained five years ago when he completed his apprenticeship.
That period has seen Iain, who lives in Bognor Regis, become a field performance manager with a team of nine responsible for wastewater treatment works across north Sussex.
He has no intention of resting on his laurels thanks to Southern Water’s training programme.
“If you put in the effort and have the right attitude, the company will train you and back you all the way.
“Not only did the company put me through my apprenticeship, it’s also paying for me to study a foundation degree in business management in my spare time.
“It can be hard to juggle with the day job but I’m really enjoying it.”
Mark Gregory, Iain’s manager, said Iain was a prime example of what could be achieved through the apprenticeship scheme.
“I’m proud he has received this award in recognition of his hard work,” he said.
“He has progressed through the company and, with his positive attitude and good work ethics, has gained his first managerial role.”
The award was presented to Iain at Southern Water’s latest apprentice of the year ceremony at Fontwell Park Racecourse.
Gavin Graham, of the National Apprenticeship Service, praised Southern Water’s work.