Anxious wait for apprentice awards

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A HARD-WORKING Morpeth apprentice is enduring a nail-biting wait to find out if he has made the finals of a national competition.

Connor Adams is one of nine recruits from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) who have been taking part in the contest to find the best team of apprentices in Britain.

The Brathay Challenge has seen two teams from each of the four regions – North, Central, London and South East, and South West – pit against each other in various team building tests, including climbing and sailing.

Two members of the NEAS team will travel to the House of Commons next month to hear from Business Secretary Vince Cable whether the group has made it to the final, which will take the form of an outdoor adventure challenge at the Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquaters in June.

The North East apprentices have also been out promoting their work as part of National Apprentice Week.

The initiative, which ran last week, encouraged teams to organise events and activities around the theme Apprenticeships Deliver, showcasing the benefits of such schemes for both apprentices and employers.

NEAS apprentices visited schools and organisations across the region, including Age Concern.

National Apprenticeship Service Chief Executive David Way said: “We hope this year’s National Apprenticeship Week will have been the biggest yet, showcasing the excellent work delivered by apprentices in businesses and organisations around the country and the first rate training they receive.

“Apprenticeships help young people develop high quality, highly sought-after skills, improving their prospects while boosting an organisation’s bottom line.”

The challenge finalists will be announced on Wednesday, April 17. To follow the progress of the NEAS team visit www.twitter.com/NEASapprentices