Hertel UK’s apprentice named as one of the best


A Quality Assurance Apprentice working at Hertel UK’s Ellesmere Port mechanical fabrication workshop has been highly commended as one of the best Young Achievers/Apprentices working in the chemical industry in North West England.

Declan Carberry, 20, was given the accolade at the awards event held by the chemical cluster organisation Chemicals Northwest. The organisation is the largest of its type in the UK and recognises through its awards the success shown by individuals and companies in the sector.

Declan joined Hertel three years ago and is just completing his apprenticeship to become a fully qualified Quality Assurance Inspector working within the Quality Assurance team at the workshop.

The Ellesmere Port workshop, opened in late 2011 after a £4m investment, specialises in the fabrication of pipework and structural steel to oil refineries, chemical plants and nuclear sites regionally and throughout the country. Within the workshop there are segregated bays for stainless steel and other exotic alloys.

Declan was one of only two specialist Quality Assurance Apprentices in the North West. The company only offers the opportunity to those it feels have the right attributes and approach to maintain the standards for which the company is known. 

Declan said “I’m so proud to have been named among the best in the North West. To be highly commended is fantastic and also recognises the support and encouragement I have received from everyone here at Hertel in helping me to learn and develop during the last three years.”

Hertel’s training programme, which currently has more than 100 apprentices and trainees, covers various trades, maintaining a skills base to meet the needs of the business and those of its customers. 

Phil Harrison, Hertel’s Fabrication Workshop Manager, added: “Declan has worked hard and has shown that we can trust him to help the workshop reach the highest standards. He is certainly worthy to be named as among the best in the North West.” 

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