In the running for awards

A COMPANY is in the running for two top awards in a business competition.

Caterpillar, in Peterlee, has been short-listed in two sections of the regional heat of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.

They recognise firms that have delivered outstanding training programmes and two awards are up for grabs at the ceremony to be held at The Radisson Blu Hotel, in Durham City, on Tuesday, September 18.

Sue Price, northern divisional area director for the National Apprentice Service, said the awards were “a fantastic platform for young people and employers in our region to share centre stage and gain the recognition they richly deserve”. She said the firms shortlisted had encouraged ambition and enterprise and created “rewarding career opportunities”.

The finalists for the Apprentice of the Year category include Andrew Price of Caterpillar Peterlee, while the employee of the year finalists also come from Caterpillar in Peterlee.

The two short-listed organisations in the final of the National Training Awards (NTA) 2012 are Hays Travel and Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council.

The NTA awards reward employers that can show how they link the training needs of their people to the business needs of their organisation.

Sue added: “We received an outstanding calibre of entries to this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards and I would like to congratulate all the employers and apprentices from our region on being short-listed.”

The competition received more than 1,500 entrants. All the regional winners will go to a final national judging stage.

The highest scoring apprenticeship employer gets the honour of featuring in the England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The national 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.