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The North East celebrates the success of its apprentices and apprentice employers at prestigious awards

s300_North-East-picThe North East’s top apprentices and apprentice employers have been announced in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers. The awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.

The North East winners and highly commended entries were announced at a high profile awards ceremony on October 15th organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

Businesses and apprentices fought off tough competition to win this year’s coveted awards.

This year’s winners for the North East are:

  • McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Ryan Davies, South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust. Highly Commended: Ryan Hepple, TW Steam and Heating Ltd.
  • EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Matthew Collins, Proctor and Gamble. Highly Commended: Victoria English, Caterpillar Peterlee Ltd.
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher Apprentice of the Year: Nathan Charrada, Proctor and Gamble. Highly commended: Bethany Cross, Northumberland Fire and Rescue.
  • City & Guilds Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year: George Ritchie MBE, PX Limited. Highly Commended: Stephen Gowland, Ils solicitors.
  • EON and The National Skills Academy for Power Award for Medium Employer of the Year: Sotech Limited.
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: Gestamp Tallent Ltd. Highly commended: Caterpillar Peterlee Ltd.
  • EDF Energy Award for Newcomer SME of the Year: PROPS North East.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

A big congratulations to all the apprentices and employers in the North East who impressed the judges today. From local businesses to large household names, from intermediate to degree apprentices, all of today’s winners truly deserve this recognition.

The success of each winner reminds us of how crucial apprenticeships are in supporting our workforce, our businesses and our economy. This is why we are committed to delivering 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:

Apprenticeships deliver for businesses, individuals and the economy. They enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning. And for businesses, hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for them to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

The National Apprenticeship Awards enable talented apprentices and committed employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. They not only help celebrate the achievements of apprentices and businesses, allowing them to gain the credit for investing in their own futures, but they drive up quality and encourage others to get involved.

Today’s winners are the best of the best in the North East and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.

This year’s sponsors for the North East awards are: Access Training, CITB, Engineering Construction, Industry Training Board, Hemingway Bailey, Intraining, New College Durham, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Progress to Excellence Ltd, PX Limited, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Sage.

Following the regional ceremonies, the winners from each category in all 11 areas of England will have their entries sent for national judging, and three from each category will be selected as national finalists.

The apprenticeship employer entries that were judged to be the very best of the best will have the additional honour of featuring in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The national award winners and Top 100 Employers will be revealed at a ceremony held in January 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Search for apprenticeships on .GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600 to find out more about apprenticeships.

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