19 year old Dalton Green, from Ashton under Lyne, won a prestigious industry award just weeks after completing his advanced apprenticeship with the Growth Company.

Dalton completed his apprenticeship in engineering technical support whilst working as a Production Planner at Hyde Coatings in Stalybridge, and his talents prompted his employer to enter him in the NorthWest Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards. The New Talent Awards is an annual ceremony celebrating the wealth of young talent working in the Aerospace sector in the North West of England, and Dalton was awarded the award for Innovation, in recognition of his project to build a 3D printer, which is capable of working to a greater accuracy than currently available in the price range.

Dalton attended West Hill School, in Stalybridge, and he achieved ten GCSE’s at C or above. Crucially, the school offered a level 2 BTEC in engineering, and this led Dalton to the decision to follow a career in the industry. He found the engineering study program with the Growth Company, but the program based at Tameside College was full, so Dalton showed commitment by travelling to Hopwood Hall College every day for the 20 week program.

At the end of the study program, Dalton accepted a job with one of Tameside’s largest employers, Hyde Group. He was required to learn how to plan the flow of work through a range of processes, all the time complying with strict Aerospace Industry Standards.

Dalton said:Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards winner

“I have always been interested in Aircraft, and I was very pleased when I was offered the job at Hyde Coatings. There was a lot to learn, and it was daunting at first, but attention to detail is one of my strengths, and this helped a great deal”.

Dalton achieved an outstanding result in his BTEC technical certificate at Tameside College, recording distinctions in every unit for an overall Distinction*/Distinction*.

In February 2018, Dalton was awarded his extended diploma in technical support. Then on 1st March, Dalton attended the New Talent Awards, accompanied by his Manager, Dave Harold along with Managing Director of Hyde Group, Anthony Hammond, Phil Hulme, Managing Director of Hyde Aero Products and Pam Dodd, Skills Acquisition and Development Manager. His fellow apprentice Sam Gough was also nominated.

The ceremony was held at Imperial War Museum North, and other entrants came from industry big-hitters such as BAE systems, MBDA and Safran Nacelles.

Anthony Hammond said:

“It was great night. I was very proud to see that our company had two nominees in Dalton Green and Sam Gough. Both gents have represented our company throughout this process impeccably. Then for Dalton to win the innovation category really capped a night of great exposure for both the guys and the company”.

Dalton said:

“I was not expecting to win the award, but I was very pleased when they announced my name”.

Pam Dodd said:

“I’m very proud of Dalton, his progress and the commitment he has shown to both his apprenticeship and his project. It felt amazing to see him up on the stage as a winner of a category.

It is fantastic for the Hyde Group to have a winner in these Awards, as it is evidence of all the effort we put in to developing our apprentices, indeed since the Awards we have offered apprenticeships to a further four Growth Company study program learners, and we are very happy to continue with what is clearly a very successful partnership”.

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