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REDCAR & Cleveland Borough Council is asking you who makes you proud?

Our annual PRIDE awards celebrate people who make a difference and we’re asking the public to nominate people for two awards.

The categories open to public nomination are:

The Making a Difference award – for an individual or a team within the council in recognition of their outstanding work in making a difference to people’s lives.

The Geoff Waterfield memorial trophy – for an outstanding apprentice who is passionate to learn and achieve.

This award is open to all apprentices who either live or work in the borough and was established as a lasting tribute to Geoff, chairman of the multi-unions at Teesside Cast Products, who spearheaded the fight to restore steelmaking to the area.

Last year’s Making a Difference Awards was won by the Early Help Service team, with Michael Wilks of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council winning the Geoff Waterfield memorial trophy.

Michael said: “After receiving the award, I was awarded a one year extension at the end of my apprenticeship and then gained a full time job with the Transformation challenge team & troubled families team. I believe having the Geoff Waterfield award helped me impress in my interview for the job.

“It was a huge surprise to win this fantastic award, seeing my fiancée and mother’s face on the night when announcing that I have won the award was priceless. Apart from the birth of my two sons, it is the biggest achievement of my life so far.

“I would encourage any manager or supervisor who believe they have a fantastic apprentice to get them nominated.”

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Leader Sue Jeffrey said: “This is a chance to acknowledge the hard work and effort made by council staff and an apprentice working with any employer in the borough. I’d encourage anyone who has received great service from the council or knows an inspiring young apprentice with a great future ahead of them to take a few minutes to nominate them for a PRIDE award.”

Entries can be made online at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/prideawards2017

The deadline for entries is Friday 7 July 2017, 5pm.

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