A North East apprentice is soaring to new heights as he was named national Apprentice of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony.
TV personality Jonathan Ross handed the award to 17-year-old Reece Morrison at the National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014 by Target Jobs.
Reece, from Gosforth in Newcastle, was taken on as an apprentice by leading global engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald in 2012, at the age of 16.
Over the past 15 months Reece, a building services apprentice, has progressed and developed so much he was nominated for the national award scheme.
Reece was shortlisted to the final 10 from thousands of entries, and was invited to attend the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel in London where he was named as the winner.
Reece said: “It is great, I am over the moon, I did not expect it at all.
“But I have got to thank Mott MacDonald as well for providing a supportive learning environment and the expertise.
“I think it will set a good foundation on which to build, I think it is important not to get complacent and just build on it.”
In 2012, The Journal told how Reece was taken on by the Quayside-based company, alongside fellow apprentice Mark Robinson, following an application process carried out by national training and recruitment provider Intraining North East.
Working at Mott MacDonald’s Newcastle office, Reece and Mark also spent one day a week studying at Newcastle College.
The Journal launched its Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign last September, aimed at acknowledging those companies that lead the way when it comes to training the workforce of the future.
Proud to Back Apprenticeships is supported by many industry bodies, including The North East Skills Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing Employers, Semta, NECC, CBI North East, the EEF and the National Apprenticeship Service.
Businesses that back the campaign are being encouraged to display the campaign logo to highlight this to their suppliers and customers. To join the roll of honour and download the campaign stamp to use on your marketing literature, visit www.thejournal.co.uk/ apprenticeships or www.gazettelive.co.uk/apprenticeships