Novares apprentices up for prestigious regional award

Eight talented apprentices who work in Durham and attend East Durham College will find out on Monday if they’ve won a regional apprentice award at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

The apprentices are all in the running for manufacturing apprentice awards. The shortlisted apprentices are:

  • Adam Martin, 23, from Chester-le-street, first year apprentice at Komatsu Mining
  • Brad Hindson, 20, from Washington, first year apprentice at Komatsu Mining
  • Katherine Lamb, 23, from Sunderland, first year apprentice at Komatsu Mining
  • Neil Sawyer, 35, from Hartlepool, first year apprentice at Expanded Metal Company
  • Daniel Parkin, 22, from Peterlee, first year apprentice at Novares
  • Ryan Esteris, 18, from Peterlee, first year apprentice at Novares
  • Thomas Gorham, 19, from Peterlee, first year apprentice at Novares
  • Connor Bennett, 18, from Sunderland, first year apprentice at Novares

They were selected along with 16 other apprentices from across the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber after impressing judges with their hard work, dedication and determination to pursue a career in manufacturing.

The apprentices will find out who has been crowned regional winner at a ceremony taking place at Harrogate Pavilion. If successful, they will then go on to compete with other regional winners from across the UK for a national title. This will be announced at an awards gala dinner in London early next year.

Katherine Lamb, apprentice at Komatsu Mining, says: “It’s such an honour to have been recognised in this way. I know exactly how much hard work and dedication that every apprentice puts into their apprenticeship so being shortlisted is very special. I can’t wait to meet the other apprentices and see how I get on at the awards ceremony.”

Connor Bennett, apprentice at Mecaplast, says: “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.”

Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “This is a fantastic achievement by all of the apprentices. It’s testament to their dedication that they have been shortlisted for these awards.

“Manufacturing is the cornerstone of British economic success. These awards recognise the important role and contribution of apprentices and go a small way to recognise the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication that they bring to the sector. They are the future of manufacturing so their success is industry’s success for years to come.”

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