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Rising star wins Apprentice of the Year 2019

Star international apprentice, Lee Maidens has been awarded Apprentice of the Year 2019 by the Liverpool Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Guild.

The trainee Liferaft Technician received his award, together with a cheque for £100.00, at a ceremony held at Cammell Laird shipyard, just a stone’s throw from Star International’s head office in Birkenhead.

Lee has been working at Star International since 2017 and is midway through a four-year apprenticeship. Whilst completing his studies, Lee works with the LSA Liferaft team, gaining experience in all aspects of liferaft service and repair.

Speaking after the ceremony, Lee said:

“I am really pleased to be recognised by the Guild and to receive this award. My apprenticeship has been challenging but I enjoy the work and the opportunities it provides to learn new skills and to travel.

“I’m now over halfway through my course and I am starting to look forward to gaining my full qualification. Hopefully In a few years, I’ll have the opportunity to teach the new apprentices coming through the business.”

Paul Antley, Director at Star International added:

“We are really pleased for Lee and this is a well-deserved award. Since starting his apprenticeship, he has worked very hard and is a credit to the business.

“Lee follows in the footsteps of three other Star International apprentices who have been recognised as Apprentice of the Year since the business was established in 2005. We pride ourselves on supporting our apprentices to reach their full potential and make sure they get lots of hand’s on experience while they learn their trade.”

Star International is an established supplier to the maritime sectors, servicing a diverse client base that includes leading cruise and ferry operators, shipping companies, shipyards, commercial ports and military organisations.

Key areas of provision include; liferaft service and repair, marine chemicals, refrigeration, welding, marine safety, firefighting and ship-wide disinfection solutions.

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