A NEWTON Aycliffe woman is celebrating after being crowned star apprentice at a regional awards ceremony.
Chelsea Keedy received triumphed over apprentices from across the north of England at the learndirect Inspiration Awards in Manchester.
The 20-year-old excelled during her business administration apprenticeship, helping to recruit more than 30 young people onto courses through a presentation to her former school.
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Miss Keedy chose the apprenticeship route over university, as it gave her real work experience which allowed her to shape her career and earn money.
She has now secured a permanent job as a team leader in a busy office.
On receiving the award, Miss Keedy said: “The apprenticeship with learndirect has been a great opportunity.
“You’re able to earn money whilst you’re learning in a workplace environment so you get valuable transferable skills. I’d definitely recommend it to other people.”
Miss Keedy and other regional winners will now go forward to a national judging panel, where they will compete with others from across England, Scotland and Wales.
The national winners will be announced at a national ceremony in London on Wednesday, June 11.
Paul Kilgour, group director of apprenticeships at learndirect, said: “The standard of nominations this year has been extremely high, showing the drive and determination of people in the north to improve their skills and make a change to their life. “