Nominees for Xtrac’s annual Mark O’Brien Award are employees supported by the company for a bachelor’s degree or higher or equivalent qualification. Consideration is given to academic progress, contribution to the business and the wider community, their personal development over the past 12 months, and their positive attitude in offering and implementing improvement ideas.
The award is held in memory of Xtrac employee Mark O’Brien who, despite fighting valiantly against cancer, lost his battle in October 2014. Mark worked at Xtrac as a Business Manager for 3 years and in that time made a significant contribution to the company and became an extremely popular and well-liked member of the commercial team.
This year, for the first time since the award’s introduction in 2015, there were two winners – Jamie Rusbridge and Marvey Miranda.
Jamie, a Senior Production Engineer started his Level 3 engineering apprenticeship in 2014 and worked as a Production Engineer after completion of his factory tour in 2016. In 2018 he progressed onto an Engineering Product Design and Development degree apprenticeship which he completed in August 2021 with 1st Class Honours, marking Xtrac’s first Degree Apprenticeship and End Point Assessment to the new apprenticeship standards. In the last year Jamie has worked as a key member of the team, helping to deliver a range of HPA EV products and the new 2022 NASCAR gearbox.
Assistant Accountant Marvey joined Xtrac from university in August 2018 and has been studying to become a Certified Chartered Accountant, a qualification which he achieved at the end of 2021. Marvey has become a key member of the Xtrac Finance team, using his accountancy skills to develop his role and provide financial assistance to his colleagues throughout the business. He has been critical in the smooth running of many of the Xtrac financial processes and a key focal point in the annual audit.
Congratulations to both of the winners!