Michael Dunstan, 21, who works for Perkins Engines Company Limited, came up trumps by taking gold in the Final Year Intermediate & Advanced Apprentice Award, sponsored by Siemens. The award recognises the outstanding contribution being made by manufacturing apprentices across the region. Michael beat off competition from seven other apprentices shortlisted from across the region and won the title after impressing judges with his commitment, ambition and drive to pursue a career in manufacturing. Michael is now in the running for the national title where he will go head-to-head with regional winners from across the UK at the national awards gala in London in January next year. Michael said: I am delighted to have won this award and to have been crowned regional winner. Its an amazing feeling to be recognised for doing something I genuinely enjoy and is setting me up for my future. Im only at the very start of my career, so to receive gold at these awards and be singled out in this way is a real boost and will motivate me even more. For more information about the awards visit: www.eef.org.uk/awards/.