Aspire Blaenau Gwent CBC Apprentice Engineer reaches Apprenticeship Awards Cymru final

Jacob Marshall, currently an Apprentice Engineer at Aspire Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, has reached the final of the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2024 in the category of ‘Tomorrow’s Talent’.

Impressing his employer and assessor with his skills and high standard of work Jacob, 20 from Pontypridd, has a bright future in mechanical engineering. Currently employed by Combined Engineering Services (CES), an engineering and design company at Brynmawr in partnership with Aspire Blaenau Gwent.

Jacob commented:

“I am so pleased to reach the finals of this award, it feels like it all of my hard work and dedication has been recognised and that really means a lot to me. I was really pleased by my family’s reaction as the event is being held in a prestigious setting and I am looking forward to experiencing it with my family at my side. I feel that I found my true vocation and I am looking forward to a long and successful career as an Engineer. I would like to thank everyone that has supported me through my journey with Aspire Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Combined Engineering Services”.

The awards ceremony takes place at The Celtic Manor Resort on Friday 22nd March 2024 and recognises the achievement of individuals, employers and work-based learning practitioners across 9 different categories.

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund and rewards individuals, learning providers and employers who have excelled in contributing to the Welsh Government’s Employability and Apprenticeship Programmes across Wales.

Aspire were established in 2015 and the Team specialises in providing the Manufacturing and Engineering businesses of South East Wales with apprentices. To date, they boast an impressive 100% record of apprentices being employed through the programme upon completion of their apprenticeship. The Aspire team have already been acknowledged for their outstanding dedication and apprentice record at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2019 and 2021 where they won in the Large Employer of the Year category.

If you are a manufacturing and engineering business in South East Wales the Blaenau Gwent or Merthyr area and are considering employing an apprentice, then please contact Aspire on 01495 355508 or email:

Apprentice Engineer, Jacob Marshall, at design and engineering firm Combined Engineering Services based in Brynmawr.