July 9, 2018

Caption: Nick Atkin, Level 3 apprentice at ABP Teignmouth

Nick Atkin, a Level 3 apprentice at ABP’s Port of Teignmouth, has been named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Exeter College.

Nick has been studying for a BTEC Level 3 Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship at Exeter College since September 2016. Now in his second year, he has won the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award, thanks to his masterful combination of study with work related projects.

He first started working for ABP as a Port Operative in January 2012, later progressing in his career to the role of Relief Engineering Supervisor at the Port of Teignmouth. During his time at the port he has had the chance to become involved in a number of significant projects, including the development of replacement weighbridges at the port.

He is also one of the founding members of ABP’s South West Behavioural Safety team, which focuses on creating a safety culture from the ground up. This initiative is part of ABP’s ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign, which was rolled out across the ABP Group in August 2016 and aims to ensure everyone who visits an ABP facility goes home safely at the end of the day.

Nick Atkin, Level 3 apprentice, ABP Teignmouth, said: “It was unexpected but I’m very happy that the College has recognised my achievements and have awarded me with this distinction. I have learned a lot through combining my studies with work experience at the Port of Teignmouth and I am grateful to the ABP team for all their help.

“While it requires a lot of focus and hard work, I would recommend the apprenticeship route to others, who are looking to combine theory with practice to get their foot in the door for a rewarding career where you learn something new every day.”

Alex Chinchen, ABP Divisional Port Manager, said: “It has been great to have Nick join our team in Teignmouth and we are proud of him for winning this award. Success stories like this are a great result of our commitment to inspiring a greater number of talented young people join the industry.”