SCX electrical engineering apprentice Josh McKennan is in the running for the AMRC Apprentice of the Year.

The 20-year-old from Rotherham is shortlisted in the awards, which celebrate the achievements of apprentices and their employers and the contribution they make to industry.

Josh is one of nine SCX apprentices who are currently learning their trade in a partnership between the SCX Academy in Tyler Street and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, which brings together world-leading research and innovation in advanced manufacturing.

The SCX Academy helps to ensure a steady supply of fully qualified crane operators, encompassing management and safety training, for the SCX group’s Street CraneXpress division.

The AMRC Apprentice of the Year Awards will be held at the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall on March 1.

SCX apprentices’ study for a ‘Training Passport’ as part of a four-year programme covering the use of light crane systems and overhead travelling cranes. The SCX Academy is now geared up with new equipment that allows apprentices to be trained more effectively in spotting faults.

Over the four years, apprentices also spend time in other parts of the SCX group – SCX Special Projects and Burnand XH.

Josh is nearing the end of his third year as an apprentice with Street CraneXpress, working towards an HNC in electrical engineering.

His time with SCX Special Projects has seen him involved in the high-profile project to install the world-first dividing retractable grass pitch at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

“Josh’s work alongside fully qualified engineers, his commitment, attention to detail and his keenness to learn fully justify him being shortlisted for the AMRC Training Centre Apprentice of the Year Awards,” said SCX managing director Simon Eastwood.

The AMRC, at Waverley, Rotherham, brings together more than 100 industrial partners ranging from global giants such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus to small companies.