An apprentice at a Scarborough-based company has won a top regional award.
Natasha Pitts, an apprentice at Dale Power Solutions Ltd was announced as a winner at the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 regional ceremony in York.
Natasha, 24, works as an apprentice Electrical Design Engineer at Dale Power Solutions and is winner in the region for Higher Apprentice of the Year for the third time.
The Awards are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
On winning, Natasha said: “Through my apprenticeship I have been able to gain valuable industry experience and knowledge, while earning while I learn. My apprenticeship has allowed me to develop into my role in Electrical Design and progress further to a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
“Without my apprenticeship and the support of Dale, I would not be in the position I am today.”
Natasha won the award in recognition of the contribution she has made to Dale and their apprenticeship programme since joining as an apprentice in 2010.
Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve.
“Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed – in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need.
“Natasha has won the Higher Apprentice of the Year in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber region and I would like to congratulate her on her achievement. Winning this award is greatly deserved.
“There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity, giving young people and adults the chance they deserve to get on and fulfil their potential.
“Congratulations to everyone that has taken part in the National Apprenticeship Awards so far and to the winners. They have demonstrated just how much businesses and learners can gain from an apprenticeship.”