Alfreton joinery apprentice nails national award

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An Alfreton joinery firm’s star apprentice has been named as the best trainee in the country at a major industry awards night, delighting his bosses.

Greg Kasowicz, 23, took the title for Trainee of the Year at the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) awards dinner, held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, on Tuesday, October 4.

He said: “I can’t believe I have been chosen. It’s a fantastic honour and the best moment of my career to date.

Greg’s rapid career progress is all the more impressive given English is not his first language.

He said: “It’s been challenging, but very good so far. Winning this award has proved to me that hard work breeds success and it gives me the confidence to take on further responsibility.”

Greg, who lives in Sutton-in-Ashfield, initially joined premium goods manufacturer Gowercroft Ltd in 2015 as a sales administrator after completing a course at Chesterfield College.

But it quickly became apparent that his true talent lay in production planning and control.

Gowercroft’s managing director Andrew Madge said: “From the initial interview, it was clear to us that Greg had the desire and aptitude to become a valuable asset to us.

“We give all apprentices an opportunity to experience different elements of the business, and when Greg was tasked with assisting the production processes, it seemed to come very naturally to him. He’s a force to be reckoned with, which is just what you need in production.”

Greg added: “My long term aspiration has always been to run my own company and my time at Gowercroft has given me the opportunity to explore multiple functions of the business.”

BWF chief executive Iain McIlwee congratulated Greg, and said: “The awards showcase some of the most gifted entrants to our industry, and Greg has a brilliant ability to implement new systems and making a fantastic contribution to the success of his employer.”

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