First Class Honours Degrees for 4 Gilkes Engineers

It is with great pleasure that we celebrate 4 of our engineers achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bolton University.

The team commenced the 3 year mechanical engineering degree in September 2017, deciding to pursue the route of a 3 year course, rather than the fast-tracked 2 year route, enabling them to benefit from the introductory engineering modules available.

All 4 engineers started their careers with Gilkes through the apprenticeship scheme, giving them the opportunity to mix academic study with practical work and real performance, achieving their degrees while working at Gilkes in their current roles, spending 1 day a week at Bolton University.   

The team and everyone at Gilkes are thrilled that the hard work and dedication has paid off. Congratulations to:


Richard Hogg                 Senior Production Engineer (Joined Gilkes 2009).

Abigail Stephenson         CFD Engineer (Joined Gilkes as an apprentice 2013).

Kristian Thompson         Production Engineer (Joined Gilkes as an apprentice 2013).

Michael Byram              Design Engineer (Joined Gilkes as an apprentice 2013).


Gilkes nurtures young talent by investing in them through their apprenticeship and beyond. We see our apprentices as the future of our business, investing in learning and development programmes to equip them with the skills, knowledge and support needed to reach their full potential.

Abigail Stephenson:

“I am absolutely over the moon to have achieved a BEng Hons, and I am so grateful for the opportunity from Gilkes to progress my career in this way. The support from everyone in the business has really driven me to work hard, and has helped improve my knowledge in the field, and apply this to my work at Gilkes. It has been a tough 3 years of hard work, but so worth it!”

Michael Byram:

“University and my Job at Gilkes complemented each other perfectly, having already worked at Gilkes for 4 years before starting the degree, I had practical and technical experiences that a normal university student would not have.  This helped my understanding of what I was being taught. Similarly, using things I had been taught in university and applying them in work helped me progress in my work roles.  In the short term future I would like to progress in the IMechE to IEng status. Long term, I am considering pursuing a masters”