Apprentice of the Year entrant – Tom Dean
Apprentice Tom Dean is an ‘exceptional employee’ who has already made a significant impact according to his employers.
He joined Fenton-based audio visual company Connect Anything in late 2021 after leaving a college course that had not been a good fit for him and quickly discovered he had found his niche.
Projects he has been involved with include audio visual installations for the new Ricardo’s bar at Stoke City Football Club.
“This local project was close to all of our hearts and the dedication shown by Tom during this time-sensitive project was immaculate,” said Connect Anything CEO Tim Dean.
“Tom played a vital role in the installation of a 100+ inch LED screen and numerous wall-mounted entertainment screens. His attention to detail and precision in handling delicate equipment ensured that the installation was a resounding success.
“Tom’s exceptional performance during this project earned him valuable skills and experience that have contributed significantly to his personal development.”
Tom has been receiving on the job training after being paired with an experienced technical engineer. He’s completed training courses including Samsung LED installation, the Audinate Dante Certification program and Crestron technician certification to further his education in the audio visual sector.
In September he starts a level three electronics engineering course at NSCG which he will complete while continuing to work at Connect Anything.
Tom has been nominated in the Apprentice of the Year category of the Staffordshire University Business Awards.
Tim added: “Tom’s positive impact on the business and his dedication to personal development through study, educational courses, additional training and qualifications make him a deserving candidate for the Apprentice of the Year Award. Moreover, his contributions to the team and our clients further highlight his outstanding character and work ethic.”