Capita and North Tyneside Council have been recognised at the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) North East & Cumbria Annual Awards. 

Capita transport planning apprentice Erin Ruddy won the Apprentice of the Year category and will now compete for the national CIHT Apprentice of the Year award.

Meanwhile, North Tyneside Council won the Sustainable Project of the Year category for its Sustainable Links to Schools study, which was carried out by Capita.

The awards ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle on Thursday, October 18.

North Tyneside Partnership Director Richard Carmichael said: “This is a fantastic achievement.

“The Sustainable Links to School study has provided hugely useful in helping the council to support more sustainable travel.

“And Erin has a strong work ethic and a vibrant personality – she is a great asset to our team and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

The Sustainable Links to Schools study involved a strategic review of walking and cycling measures surrounding schools in the borough.

It was aimed at supporting the Go Smarter initiative, which seeks to promote the use of sustainable travel. The initiative not only aims to change pupil, parent and staff behaviour but involves physical changes to streets near schools to encourage more sustainable travel.

Erin, 19, of Whitley Bay, joined Capita in August 2017 as its first transport planning apprentice and combines her work with studies at Leeds College of Building.

As well as receiving positive feedback for her work and commitment to studies, Erin has taken on many additional responsibilities. For example, she is a STEM ambassador, Health and Wellbeing Champion and an active fundraiser.

The winner of the national CIHT Apprentice of the Year award will be announced at the CIHT