A FORMER apprentice is on the road to success after landing a prestigious award.

Lee Teasdale from Crook won Derwentside College’s Excellence in the Construction Apprenticeship accolade, in its Annual Achievement Awards.

Mr Teasdale was nominated by his lecturer following the success of his apprenticeship with Durham County Council.

He said: “I was pleased that the college recognised my commitment and effort but at the same time I was nervous, and I knew I would get a right ribbing from the lads. I believe the award helped with me getting a full-time position within the council.”

The 20-year-old was described by the college as “an excellent role model to others.”

It added: “With an excellent attitude and commitment, Lee was an amazing apprentice from the outset.

“He was always leading by example and working to the highest of standards, Lee continually showed the desire to improve his skills and gain more knowledge.”

Mr Teasdale undertook the two-year Level 2 apprenticeship which saw him spend four days a week on the frontline, working on roads and footpaths with the council.

His fifth day of the week was spent at the college studying theory.

He earned a permanent job with Durham County Council as a highway operative following the apprenticeship in November last year.

Mr Teasdale is now happy in his new role and said: “It is good, I enjoy it. I like the variation – no two jobs are the same.

“Obviously there is the change of scenery - you are never in the same place.”

Neil Summerson, the council’s contracts manager, said: “We are very pleased for Lee to have won this award.

“His attitude and performance while with us as an apprentice and since he came on board full time has been second-to-none and he definitely has a bright future ahead of him.”