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North-East workers and firm celebrate National Apprenticeship Awards success
AN IT firm has been named as one of the country's best newcomers for providing apprenticeship work in an awards ceremony.
Atos, based in Darlington, was crowned newcomer employer of the year at the National Apprenticeship Service Awards (NAS).
A number of other regional firms and young workers were also triumphant in the awards, which highlight the UK's best apprentices and their employers.
Nicola Harker, from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in Middlesbrough, was named apprenticeship champion of the year, with Michele Watson, from Gateshead-based Express Engineering, winning the higher apprentice of the year award.
The awards, now in their 10th year, took place in Durham, with judges crowning Sunderland-based crane manufacturer Liebherr medium employer of the year.
The large employer of the year honour went to construction and support services firm, Kier, in Killingworth, North Tyneside, with Jacobs UK, in Stockton, named macro employer of the year.
Sue Price, NAS North divisional area director, said: “This regional final recognised the high calibre of apprentices and employers we have in this area.
“Apprenticeships allow employers to grow their own talent, while enabling apprentices to earn while they learn and build a real career and a bright future.”
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