A commercial apprentice at engineering manufacturer Frank Dudley Ltd won a Special Recognition Award at the annual In-Comm Awards in Wolverhampton on Friday 19 May.

Tom Weaver, 18, received the award that recognised a high all-round performance in learning, aptitude and value to the business from a total entry pool of 250 apprentices and young employees at West Midlands businesses, which included 33 winners and runners-up.

The judging panel said Tom, who started a commercial apprenticeship in sales and marketing at the Ladywood-based manufacturer in August 2016, stood out among the entrants for his capacity for learning in a short time period and his overall contribution to the company.

“I was impressed with the motivation and drive Tom had for his own development and the contribution he is making to the success of FDL outside of what would be the norm for an ‘apprentice’,” said Neil Lloyd, sales director of legal firm FBC Manby Bowdler and an awards judge.

“I was delighted to win, I hadn’t entered an award category so I didn’t expect to win anything,” said Tom, who is being trained to produce accurate customer quotations from component drawings, digital marketing and methods for how to grow the business. The In-Comm award, sponsored by the Rotary Club Foundation, is his first external employment award.

To congratulate Tom please contact him on 0121 452 8500, commercial@frankdudley.com or Linked In.