Apprentice honour for Daniel

AN apprentice has been honoured for his work with a training group.

Daniel Wray was the runner-up in the annual Tees Valley Production Technician (TVPT) Awards which celebrated the success of the Class of 2007 – 15 young people aged 20 and 21 who graduated from their apprenticeships this year.

James Carr, from Middlesbrough, sponsored by SABIC, received the shield as the Best Overall Apprentice. Runners-up were Lucite International-sponsored students Michael Ball, from Stockton, and Daniel from Billingham.

The ceremony also gave the group the chance to celebrate each of them securing permanent employment with their sponsoring process companies including SABIC, Lucite International, Sembcorp, Lotte Chemical, Huntsman, Dow, INEOS, International Power GDF SUEZ and GlaxoSmithKline.

The awards event, at Middlesbrough Training and Learning Centre, was also designed to give inspiration and encouragement to 20 apprentices who are just beginning the TVPT course this year, along with those who are part-way through their training.

Almost £8m has been spent by the nine sponsoring companies on training and developing the plant operators and engineers of the future in the eight-year history of the TVPT apprenticeship.

George Ritchie, senior vice president for Sembcorp Utilities UK and one of the founders of the TVPT programme, said: “When people say there are no opportunities for young people these days you just have to point to these youngsters, the success of TVPT scheme and the commitment of the firms behind it.”