A DEDICATED and hardworking employee has been rewarded with a 40 years long service award for his work at a manufacturing company.

Dave Male, 57, a manufacturing technician at Fabrinet UK in Calne, has worked with the company since he was 17 years old, and has been recognised for his long service to the company.

General Manager of Fabrinet Simon Hopcraft, said: "The long service awards are recognition of an individuals contribution to the organisations, for individuals who give their working lives to organisations.

"To be part of the company for 40 years is absolutely amazing. We find that people want to stay, that says something about the organisation."

Mr Male added: "I started here when I was 17.

"I was petrified but over time it has got easier.

"I love working with the people in the company.

"Over the years I have seen quite a few people through and I have made some really good friends.

"It is a loyalty to the company and it has been enjoyable."