Trio drive off with top awards

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THREE students from a Scarborough college are revved up for future success after being honoured with regional awards.

Mark Raw, Dan Noon and Alex Newsome, all motor vehicle apprentices at Yorkshire Coast College, walked away with top accolades at the Institute of the Motor Industry Northern Regional Apprentice Awards in Beverley.

Mr Raw, who has worked on cars from the age of 10-years-old and recently competed in his first rally in a car he built, won the Year One Northern Area Apprentice of the Year Award.

He said: “I’m very pleased to have won this award, I really enjoy the Apprenticeship, both the college side of it and working at the Farm Workshop near Whitby.”

Dan Noon, who attends Courtyard Car Centre in Scarborough as part of his Advanced Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, was victorious in the Year Two Northern Area Apprentice Award.

Judges said he was fully worthy of his success after achieving distinctions in every exam he sat at the college.

Alex Newsome, who has just completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, won the Year Three Northern Area Apprentice Award.

After qualifying, he has embarked on a trip to Australia, though his employer, Burniston Motor Works, is keeping his job open for him upon his return.

Andrew McLellan, Motor Vehicle Programme Co-ordinator at the college, said: “Alex has shown a very impressive commitment to his Apprenticeship programme.

“We’ve seen him develop over the four years he has trained here and it’s very satisfying to see Alex achieve this.

“We nominated all of the apprentices to the panel, which is made of a some of the leading professional in the motor vehicle trade, and they then decide who the winners are across all of the categories, years one through to four.

“I was hopeful, but didn’t expect to see all three of them win in their categories.

“It makes me very proud to see them doing so well, and is a great testament to their employers and the work that we do with them at Yorkshire Coast College.”