Farne’s Robert top of the class

SBBN-03-07-14 Robert Sadowski of Farne Salmon wins apprenticeship award 2014
SBBN-03-07-14 Robert Sadowski of Farne Salmon wins apprenticeship award 2014

An apprentice at Farne Salmon’s Duns plant has engineered success for himslef and his employers after being named Student of the Year.

Apprentice electrical engineer, Robert Sadowski, aged 32, has received Border College’s Engineering Student of the Year Award for 2014.

Robert, who initially joined Farne Salmon in 2008 as a labourer, soon discovered that he had a passion for engineering and his aptitude led to a place on Farne’s Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship Programme.

Linda Dickson, Head of HR at Farne, said: “Robert began his studies two years ago and despite English not being his first language, he has embraced the challenge and proven himself to be an excellent student and a valuable member of our engineering team.

“He richly deserves this award which is testament to his determination and hard work.

“We are all very proud of him!”

Robert added: “I am really enjoying both the theory and practical aspects of my apprenticeship course.

“Farne is a great business in which to build my skills as the Duns factory has some very impressive high-tec equipment.”

Farne Salmon, based in Duns, is the largest private sector employer in the Scottish Borders with over 600 workers and is constantly investing in developing its workforce.

Linda Dickson added: “Over the past 12 months we have had over 40 employees completing SVQs and a further 20 employees have signed up this year.

“The development of our employees is extremely important to us and last year we delivered over 12,000 hours of training.

“We are always looking to identify talent in our workforce and aim to provide the necessary support and training so employees can achieve their ambitions and progress their careers within our business.”