Trust apprentice Ryan Davies has won intermediate apprentice of the year in the prestigious North East Apprentice of the Year Awards 2015.
Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers.
The North east winners and highly commended entries were announced at a high profile awards ceremony at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.
Businesses and apprentices in the North East fought off tough competition to win this year’s coveted awards which 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.
Ryan, age 21, from Redcar was delighted to win the McDonald’s award for intermediate apprentice of the year. He began his apprenticeship at the trust as an apprentice healthcare assistant in oral surgery and maxillofacial outpatients at The James Cook University Hospital completing a level 2 apprenticeship and securing permanent employment in outpatients.
After completing an NVQ 3 and his C1 driving licence, Ryan secured a post with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) as an emergency care assistant to support him with his career goal of becoming a paramedic.
Ryan said: “This award is fantastic. My apprenticeship has motivated me to learn more and aim higher. Winning the award for regional apprentice of the year has given me a huge confidence boost to progress further in my field.”
Dr Susy Cook, director of the institute for learning, research and innovation said: “Well done to Ryan on a tremendous achievement and thank you to all who have supported him.”
Yvonne Ormston, chief executive of North East Ambulance Service, said: “On behalf of North East Ambulance Service, I would like to congratulate Ryan on his success. We’re very glad to have him on board and would like to wish him luck for the national finals.”
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “A big congratulations to all the apprentices and employers in the North east who impressed the judges. 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.”
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.