Apprentices Extra Efforts Rewarded

Thu, 2001-03-15 00:00

An apprentice student at East Durham College has recently been presented with a student award as a result of his hard work and willingness to volunteer for extra tasks and responsibilities.

Tom Williams, aged 19 from Easington Colliery, was one of 11 students given an award at the College’s bi-monthly awards ceremony.

Tom who started out on the Steps for Success programme at the College, which is specially designed for young people who are not sure what career path they’d like to take, is now on an Apprenticeship in Horticulture.

Campbell Sinclair, a lecturer in horticulture, who teaches Tom at the College’s Houghall Campus in Durham, said: “Tom is a very keen, hardworking young man, who is extremely polite, courteous and friendly.

“His sense of humour always keeps spirits high within the gang of five apprentices and Tom helps motivate them particularly with some of the more mundane tasks working within the College grounds”.

As well as working exceptionally hard on his Apprenticeship, Tom has also put himself forward to represent the College on numerous occasions, including doing a Q&A at a Schools Apprentice event held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and giving a speech at a recent Apprentice Day held in the College.

Tom was also part of the successful team who put together the Best in Show Display Stand in the Education Category at this year’s Gateshead Flower Show.

“I love the Apprenticeship, it’s a great way to meet new people and learn loads of new skills. I’m sure it will help me to fulfil my ambition of becoming a groundsman in the future,” Tom said.

East Durham College offer over 20 different Apprenticeships in areas such as Bricklaying, Horse Care, Plastering, Floristry and of course Horticulture.

If you’d like details on any of the Apprenticeships provided by East Durham College please call 0191 518 8260.