AN apprentice who has been learning his trade in Morpeth and Pegswood has picked up a prestigious award for his efforts.
Young joiner Lee Emery has been named its Apprentice of the Year by community regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East.
The 19-year-old followed in his father Bob’s footsteps to join the company and started his apprenticeship straight from school in 2009.
He quickly gained a reputation as a hard worker and quick learner and, during last winter’s heavy snowfall, he kept up a 100 per cent attendance record, despite having to travel almost 40 miles from his home in Shotton Colliery, County Durham, to work on a site in Morpeth.
He is currently part of a small team carrying out major improvement works in Pegswood on behalf of social landlord Isos Housing, working as the only joiner, a sign of confidence in his abilities.
Mr Emery was presented with his award and a £100 cheque by FHM North East Managing Director Stephen McCoy in a special ceremony.
Daniel Churchill, 20, was runner-up.
Mr McCoy said: “Apprentices play an important role within our company and Lee and Daniel are both exceptional young men and real assets to our organisation.
“They are popular with colleagues and clients alike and have impressed everyone with their enthusiasm and hard work. They both have bright futures with FHM and we look forward to their continued development within the company.”
Mr Emery will now go on to represent FHM at the Keepmoat Group Awards.
He said: “I’m really pleased to have been given this award. I’ve always wanted to work in this industry, especially seeing my dad doing it while I was growing up.
“For me, it’s a dream job and I just feel lucky to be doing something I enjoy so much.”
Isos Support Services Manager Andy Kennedy said: “It’s great to see apprentices like Lee getting their first step on the career ladder through an Isos project.
“We are committed to the communities where we work, which means providing high-quality homes, but also supporting those living and working in those communities.”