Student wins a top award

Award winner Graeme Skinner.
Award winner Graeme Skinner.

AN enterprising college student has won a prestigious competition.

Hartlepool man Graeme Skinner has been unveiled as the winner of an illustrious Young Enterprise North East award after being recognised for his contribution to enterprise.

The 22-year-old, who is a student at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, picked up the Sir John Moore Award at a glittering ceremony in Newcastle last week.

His work with two social enterprise companies at the school has been recognised with a trophy, certificate, and cheque for £100.

The judging process considered nominations from teachers against a set criteria including the extent to which an individual has developed their self confidence and self esteem as well as personal, business, social and life skills.

Graeme said: “I am so proud to have won this prize.

“I have worked as ICT director for the team programme companies “Eagles Eye” and now “Supercats” for four years.

“We run our own companies in school and this has really helped my confidence grow.”

Alison Brown, director of specialism at the Catcote Road school, said: “Graeme has shown dramatic improvement in self confidence, self esteem, personal skills, business skills, social skills and team building skills through his Young Enterprise lessons.

“He understands how a business works and has developed skills for life and skills for workplace.

“I was delighted to nominate Graeme for this award as I have seen his confidence grow and can watch as he shares his knowledge with other students.”

The Sir John Moore Award has been won by students from Catcote school Business and Enterprise College for two consecutive years after James Dean picked up the gong last year. Mrs Brown added: “Enterprise has made a difference to both these students and they really enjoy working with our business advisor and the community.”

Northumberland-based company The Specials Laboratory sponsored the Sir John Moore Award, which is donated annually to aspiring entrepreneurs in every region.