Apprentices get a chance to pick up national glory

SUCCESSFUL manufacturers and talented apprentices from Northumberland have the chance to be honoured at regional and national level.

The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are open to businesses of all sizes and they provide many opportunities to win across ten categories. Judges are seeking examples of inspiration, passion, creativity, ingenuity and sheer hard work.

They recognise outstanding business performance in growth, skills and people management, innovation, environmental accomplishments and exports as well as the achievements of apprentices and young engineering students, who are the rising stars of UK manufacturing.

EEF Chief Executive Terry Scuoler said: “UK manufacturers achieve greatness, yet rarely step into the limelight. The awards underline the dynamic manufacturing industry that we can all be proud of, which is steering economic recovery.”

Regional winners will be announced in November at celebration events and they will then compete for the national awards at a prestigious ceremony in London in January 2013.

The competition is free to enter, with a closing date of July 20. For more information, visit