AN engineering apprentice has overcome the odds to be recognised by training chiefs.
Daniel Mooney was named North-East England’s Most Promising Apprentice of the Year by the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association North-East (CECA NE).
The 18-year-old apprentice’s award came after his will and determination paid off.
He was determined nothing would come between him and a career in civil engineering and for two years, he regularly made an 80-mile round journey by train and taxi to attend college, sometimes taking three hours to get home to Billingham.
And by the second year of his course, he was the only student left in the class.
Now, as well as scooping the title, he has also completed his college course early and successfully.
Jan Elliott, training manager at Hartlepool-based Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors, where Daniel is based, says the company had wanted to offer an apprenticeship in general operations to a suitable young person.
With no college course available locally, Daniel agreed to travel regularly to Newcastle College for his off-site learning.
Ms Elliott said: “It wasn’t straightforward.
“But Daniel’s college reports were excellent – especially in attendance, attitude and teamwork.
“He’s inclined to be quiet, and having had to work alone in the second year, among students not on his course, brought pressures of isolation. But he kept up his excellent grades and attitude.
“To be recognised also as a top apprentice of the region recognises his dedication and determination.
“His mentorship goes on inside the company, and he’s progressing well.”
Daniel, who joined his firm from Billingham Campus School, gained his full NVQ Level 2.
He lives at Corfe Crescent, Billingham, where his mum Andrea said: “Daniel loves his job and we’re immensely proud of him.”