Liam’s a winner at the double

Liam Corbett
Liam Corbett

A TALENTED apprentice has won two top honours in the space of 24 hours.

Hartlepool man Liam Corbett, 20, was hoping for success in competitions held in Durham and Middlesbrough last month.

And he achieved the ultimate dream when he won both titles.

Liam, an apprentice fabricator with Durham firm C and A Pumps, added the double title to the one he already holds from the Apprentice Impact Awards held earlier this year at Rockcliffe Hall, in Hurworth.

His latest two trophies were the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Most Improved Apprentice of the Year award presented at Ramside Hall in Durham, and the Welding Institute City & Guilds Apprentice of the Year award announced at the Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough.

Company director Alan Roberts, a Hartlepool man himself, said he was “very proud” to have dedicated and skilled people on his books.

He said his talented workforce allowed C and A Pumps “to compete and be successful against the UK’s leading and largest engineering and construction companies at events that are aimed at recognising the investment and commitment to training and employee development, particularly in the current economic climate.”

The success does not end there either.

The firm, which employs 51 people with 17 of them from Hartlepool, was also due to receive the British Safety Council International Safety Award (with merit) at the annual banquet in Grosvenor House, London.

The company, based on Bowburn North Industrial Estate has won previous titles including Training Company of the Year 2011, Small Company of the year 2011-2012 by Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme and National Skills Academy, was entered on to the Roll of Honour by the National Apprenticeship Service 2011 and won the British Safety Council International Safety Award (with merit) in March this year.