Apprentices hold the key to awards

Liam Corbett and (pictured below) Zak Wormald
Liam Corbett and (pictured below) Zak Wormald

AN engineering company is hoping for a quadruple awards boost this month thanks to its talented line-up of apprentices.

C and A Pumps Ltd is based in Durham but a third of its workforce are from Hartlepool.

And two of its younger Hartlepool employees will be representing the firm in major awards ceremonies this month.

Liam Corbett, 20, an apprentice fabricator with the firm, has already won the Apprentice Impact Award at the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme Awards, held earlier this year at Rockcliffe Hall, in Hurworth.

He is also in the running for two more awards to be announced at ceremonies on consecutive nights this month.

On Thursday, April 19, he will learn if he has won the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Most Improved Apprentice of the Year award to be presented at Ramside Hall in Durham.

The following day, he is in the running for the Welding Institute City & Guilds Apprentice of the Year award which will be announced at the Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough.

Zak Wormald, also from Hartlepool, is an electrical apprentice who was originally employed by an electrical contractor working on the construction of the new Hartlepool College of Further Education.

He was made redundant and was taken on by C and A Pumps Ltd to complete his apprenticeship.

Zak has already won the regional final of the Bright Sparks competition and is through to the national finals which will be held this month.

He will also take part in the World Skills Finals to be held at the National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham, later this year.

Company director Alan Roberts, a Hartlepool man himself, said: “We are a North-East engineering company who have a pro-active approach to apprenticeships and adult training.

The firm employs 51 people with 17 of them from Hartlepool.

It has 15 apprentices on its books with five from Hartlepool.

He described Liam and Zak as “outstanding” and added: “We are very proud of the success of our apprentices and our recognition in the North- East and nationally as one of the smaller small to medium sized enterprises who, during the current long-running downturn in the economy, have continued with our training of youngsters and adults.”

It is an investment which is so far paying dividends.

The company, based on Bowburn North Industrial Estate has won titles including Training Company of the Year 2011, Small Company of the year 2011-2012 by Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme and National Skills Academy, was entered on to the Roll of Honour by the National Apprenticeship Service 2011 and won the British Safety Council International Safety Award (with merit) in March this year.