Tuesday, March 2, 2021

AarKel employee receives ‘prestigious’ apprentice award

Ben Nichols, a general machinist employee at AarKel Tool and Die Inc., has received a “prestigious” Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) apprentice award.

Nicholls, an apprentice CNC Machinist at Plant 1 AarKel Machining Division, was presented with the award this week.

“AarKel is very proud of Ben and his accomplishments,” the company told the Sydenham Current in an email.

“AarKel is also honoured that Ben is now the second nominee and award winner in two consecutive years of this prestigious award from the CTMA, which recognizes the commitment of our employees to develop and achieve designation within the Ontario College of Trades and Skills Development.

AarKel officials added: “This is a well deserved award and our congratulations go out to Ben for his continuing efforts and dedication.”

The awards are presented annually by the CTMA to apprentices in a variety of categories that are involved in the tooling and machining industries that have demonstrated exemplary initiatives to advance themselves in their selected trade, AarKel officials say.

“Ben has been a self starter and a role model within his peer group,” company officials say.

“He says that he prepares himself for each bi-weekly drive he makes to St. Clair College, and because he is prepared, his anticipation to demonstrate the result make the drive enjoyable.”

Company officials added: “This enthusiasm is a positive influence in the work he performs daily and on everyone that he works with.”

The award was presented to Nichols by Robert Cattle, executive director and Chris Harcott, president of the CTMA.

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