A Morpeth man has beaten off competition from across the country to land a new apprenticeship.
Owen Legender is one of nine driver apprentices taken on by building material supplier CEMEX UK following a national recruitment drive.
It is the first time the company has offered a driver apprenticeship scheme, which will run for a year in conjunction with Systems Training.
It aims to address a shortage of drivers in the business.
Mr Legender, who is working out of the CEMEX Divet Hill quarry in Capheaton, gained his place after completing a course in electrical engineering.
He said: “CEMEX colleagues were very welcoming and encouraging.
“I’m looking forward to obtaining my LGV licence and continuing my career with the company.”