Student gets through to contest finals

Apprentice Finalist - Higher Apprentice -left to right - Sue Price,  Natasha Pitts and Ruth Triggs
Apprentice Finalist - Higher Apprentice -left to right - Sue Price, Natasha Pitts and Ruth Triggs

University of Hull student Natasha Pitts has won through to the finals of a national apprenticeship prize.

Natasha is studying for a Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University as part of her apprenticeship at Scarborough-based Dale Power Solutions Ltd.

She was chosen as the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Higher Apprentice of the Year 2013 in the recent National Apprenticeship Awards and will now go forward to the countrywide competition in November.

Natasha, 21, from Scarborough, not only balances the demands of university study with her job, she also serves as a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassador in local schools.

She said: “I am delighted to be chosen as a regional finalist and cannot wait for the national competition later this year. These awards really shine a spotlight on apprenticeships and the employers and education providers involved in them.

“My apprenticeship has helped me to become a valued team member, and its success has inspired me to help others by developing training equipment for other apprentices.

“I also promote engineering and the power of apprenticeships in local schools through my role as a STEM ambassador and encourage young people to look at apprenticeships as a career option.”

Dale Power has a longstanding history of recruiting apprentices and recently signed up to the Yorkshire Coast Employability Charter, confirming its commitment to providing opportunities for those at the start of their career.

Mark Carter, business support manager Dale Power Solutions, said: “Natasha has proved herself to not only be a very valuable employee, but also an inspiration to others. We are delighted that her hard work has been recognised.”