Pride award fuels ambition in Redcar apprentice

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An apprentice at Teesside automotive parts manufacturer ElringKlinger has scooped a prestigious award at the Redcar and Cleveland Council PRIDE Awards.

Connor Darby, 23, was named joint winner of The Geoff Waterfield Memorial Trophy in recognition of his hard work as part of the ElringKlinger apprenticeship programme.

The awards, which took place at youth organisation Tuned In! in Redcar, celebrated the achievements of staff, apprentices and volunteers in the North East, and highlighted their contributions to the life of the local community.

The Geoff Waterfield Memorial Trophy was one of two awards open to the public for nominations, and celebrates the achievements of an outstanding apprentice in the region.

Award-winner Connor is currently studying his apprenticeship with ElringKlinger (GB) through the Northern Skills Group STEM Centre and is a North East Young Apprentice Ambassador.

Connor said: “It’s an honour to have received The Geoff Waterfield Memorial Trophy at the PRIDE Awards.

“As a North East Young Apprentice Ambassador, I’m passionate about educating other young people about apprenticeships as an alternative to the traditional university route.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that ElringKlinger (GB) has given me throughout my apprenticeship so far.”


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