Hartlepool hosts apprentice contest

Damien Wilson, Assistant Director (Regeneration) with Hartlepool Council, presents the trophy to the winning Middlesbrough team
Damien Wilson, Assistant Director (Regeneration) with Hartlepool Council, presents the trophy to the winning Middlesbrough team

Apprentices from across Tees Valley took part in an annual challenge to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

Teams from Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Darlington competed at Summerhill Country Park, Hartlepool.

The event was organised by the Adult Education Services in the five local authority areas.

Damien Wilson, assistant director or Regeneration at Hartlepool Council, said: “This is a great annual event which gives some of the apprentices working in the Tees Valley a chance to showcase their talents and skills.

“Everyone battled hard through the day and the contest was really close, and all apprentices competed in a tremendous spirit.

“I would like to congratulate them on their efforts. I’d also like to thank the staff team at Summerhill for the support they provided in staging the event and running the activities.”

Damien had the honour of presenting the winning team from Middlesbrough with their trophy.

The apprentices took part in a series of activities including orienteering, den-building, archery and problem-solving tasks, scoring points in each category as they went along.

After a day-long battle, Middlesbrough emerged victorious with 68 points, with Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland and Darlington tied for second on 63 points, and Hartlepool finished on 60 points.

Anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeship opportunities can find out more on the National Apprenticeship Service website at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk or by contacting their local Adult Education Service.