An engineering apprentice has been nominated for a national award.

Nelson and Colne College apprentice Michal Halamicek who works at LED specialists acdc, has been nominated for a national award for the positive impact his work has had on the company.

The 30-year-old from Barrowford, has been put forward for a National Apprenticeship Award after a number of changes he implemented at the Barrowford company resulted in dramatic improvements to the business, including reducing the number of defective products leaving the factory and seeing zero returned products from customers due to soldering defects in 2019.

Mr Halamicek is now encouraging others to consider completing an Apprenticeship after seeing how it has benefited him personally and professionally.

Mr Halamicek, said: "I chose to do my Apprenticeship because I was given the opportunity to progress at acdc.

"I love working with the products and looking at innovative ways to improve them and I always want to learn more, and improve the business.

"I’m currently learning testing and compliance which will lead to working with standards and specifications from all over the world and my aim is to become an expert in this field.

"A big part of my role is motivating others. I’m seen as a mentor within the business which I like. I would encourage others to do an Apprenticeship as I would not be where I am now without mine."

Quality Manager at acdc, Hattie Wrest, said: "Michal is a valued member of the team here at acdc and his proactive approach enables him to interact positively throughout the business."