Four apprentices from Novares in Peterlee were presented with certificates after making the shortlist at the prestigious EEF Regional Manufacturing Awards.
Daniel Parkin, 22, Ryan Esteris, 18, Thomas Gorham, 19, and Connor Bennett, 18, from Sunderland, were all shortlisted after impressing judges with their hard work and effort.
And while they didn’t win, each was presented with a certificate in recognition of the progress they’ve made in the first year of their apprenticeships with us.
HR Manager at Novares, Kareen James-Rawson, attended the awards dinner with the apprentices, which was held at the Pavillions in Harrogate.
She said: “I could not be prouder of Daniel, Ryan, Thomas and Connor. They’ve done so well to make the short-list as the awards cover the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, so there was a vast talent pool for the judges to pick from.
“Attending the awards dinner was a great experience for them and gave them an idea of just what can be achieved from apprenticeships.”
All four apprentices are employed by Sora and supported by East Durham College.
Connor Bennett said: “My apprenticeship has opened up so many doors.
“It has given me an invaluable opportunity to pursue a career in an exciting and vibrant sector where I feel my achievements are valued. I hope other young people can see this and are inspired to pursue a career in manufacturing.”
The event was compered by former BBC newsreader Wendy Gibson who said young people are the future of engineering and manufacturing in the region and that each apprentice who was nominated was a winner because of the progress they’ve made with their employers.