Double award joy for firm

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AN ENGINEERING firm has won two top accolades.

Caterpillar, in Peterlee, was recognised in the National Training Awards and National Apprenticeship Awards 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham City.

It comes after the firm yesterday laid off 300 temporary workers at the plant on the North East Industrial Estate, Peterlee.

Caterpillar won the North-East Large Employer of the Year Award, while apprentice Andrew Price achieved highly commended in the North East Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award 2012 section.

Phil Handley, managing director, said: “We feel we have developed an apprenticeship programme that offers a fantastic opportunity for people to learn a trade and receive first class education and support.

“Over the last few years we really have proved we can grow our own. We are also delighted that Andrew Price won runner up in the apprentice of the year award which is fantastic recognition for him and the programme.”

All the North-East winners will proceed through to a final national judging stage and the highest scoring apprenticeship employer entries will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s top 100 apprenticeship employers list, which will be produced by NAS in partnership with City & Guilds.

The top 100 apprenticeship employers and the national award winners will be revealed during the opening ceremony of the UK’s largest national skills and careers event, WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show, at the NEC in Birmingham on November 14.