A chance meeting in a local petrol station had a very positive outcome for Triteq Junior Hardware Engineer, Simon Day.

After leaving Newbury College where he studied Engineering and Business Studies and achieved an AS in Maths, Simon accepted a full time position at Somerfield in Hungerford where he had been working part-time. In 2003 as he was filling his car up at a local petrol station he bumped into an old friend, Matt Angel who suggested that Simon should apply for a position at Triteq - where Matt was enjoying his work as part of the production team. Simon took his advice and has been at the company ever since.

This was Simon's first job in the industry and he has certainly adapted incredibly well, highlighted by his nomination for a West Berkshire Learner Achievement Award 2011 by Steve Lane, Triteq Director.

Alison Prudden, Adult Community Officer at West Berks explained to me earlier today that the "West Berkshire Learner Achievement Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, organisations and businesses dedicated to learning in West Berkshire and are a celebration of adult learning, providing an opportunity to congratulate people who manage to combine study, learning and educational achievement with work and family commitments". The awards were introduced eight years ago and Alison has been involved for the last four years. Awards cover a range of categories including Outstanding Achievement, Determination, Group Learners, Most Committed Employer to Learning, and Teacher, Tutor or Trainer.

Last year's winners included Michelle Challis the second winner of the Employer In Learning Award. In 2009 Michelle successfully completed a six year Law Degree course through the Open University. Michelle embarked on her 11 year journey after spending several years being a full-time mother to her children. She was determined to achieve her ambition of becoming a solicitor and wanted to prove to her children that anyone can succeed if they are motivated and work hard.

Simon was nominated for achieving his IPC Certification, which he studied for in his spare time. After sitting a two hour exam he was delighted to receive confirmation that he had been successful, this has really inspired him and he told me that he would like to learn as much as he can in his work and then study for the Advanced version.

Simon was quick to acknowledge the support he receives from his colleagues at Triteq who are always on hand to offer advice. The friendly atmosphere at the company really contributes to his enjoyment of the job and encourages him to succeed.

For more news of the Awards and how to nominate someone you feel deserves recognition for their achievements, please visit the website.

West Berks Learner Achievement Awards, Recognising the exceptional commitment of individuals, organisations and businesses to learning.