Double win for South Tees medical engineering apprentices

Posted on in Awards, Education and training

Two medical engineering apprentices at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their incredible efforts at a virtual awards ceremony.

Sam Bailey and Aiden Reese at the virtual award ceremony

Sam Bailey and Aiden Reese at the virtual award ceremony

Each year the Northern and Yorkshire NHS Assessment Centre’s apprenticeship programme celebrates its apprentices.

During this year’s virtual ceremony Aidan Reese was awarded the Apprenticeship Cup for 2020 while Sam Bailey was crowed the Fourth Year Apprentice of the Year 2020.

Aidan said he was over the moon to be awarded to be recognised in this year’s awards.

“My knowledge and experience has widened throughout my apprenticeship and I have grown in confidence which has allowed me to gain employment as a medical engineering technician.”

Sam, who has also gained employment with South Tees as a medical engineering technician, said: “I feel grateful that my hard work has been recognised, and I am very appreciative of the award.

“It has been a long four years but I have enjoyed every minute of it, I received a lot of support at every stage in my apprenticeship from both my colleagues and the assessment centre.”

Eileen Bayles, Northern & Yorkshire NHS Assessment Centre regional training and development manager, said the pair had worked hard throughout their apprenticeships and were deserving winners of the awards.

“I am very pleased that Sam and Aidan’s hard work has been recognised in this year’s awards, I wish I had more apprentices like these two,” she added.

David Cairns, medical engineering section leader for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Sam and Aidan have worked extremely hard throughout the apprenticeship both in the workplace and at college obtaining excellent grades.

“We are extremely proud of both of their achievements and dedication throughout the last four years, especially over recent months with the extreme pressure we have faced due to the global pandemic.”

Ian Rooney, deputy director of estates, capital and programmes, said the awards are testament to the hard work that both Aidan and Sam have put into their studies and practical work.

“We are, as a trust and as an estates and facilities team, immensely proud of the lads’ achievements at the North East Apprentice Awards,” he added.

“Credit must also go to the medical engineering team and Eileen Bayles who year on year put the time and effort in to create a high quality educational programme and work environment that allows young apprentices to thrive.”

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