Apprentice is Achiever of Year

Apprentices Holly Watkins and Christian Parker are pictured with Gordon Ellis, President of Thirsk Rotary Club.
Apprentices Holly Watkins and Christian Parker are pictured with Gordon Ellis, President of Thirsk Rotary Club.

One of the first apprentices appointed under an innovative £100,000 business scheme designed to get young people in Hambleton into work has already won an award for his achievements.

Sixteen year old Christian Parker, who started his apprenticeship last December, has been named Achiever of the Year by York College – awarded to the Best First Year Apprentice.

He is in training at Dales of Thirsk which make granite and marble work surfaces and memorials. He will be presented with his award at the college Construction Awards next week.

Christian was one of the first to be taken on through the district council’s ‘Changing Lives Building Business’ scheme. Through it apprenticeships are on offer for small Hambleton based businesses looking to take young people who live in Hambleton off the dole. Twelve businesses have successfully applied for the grant with seven apprentices in place so far.

Christian and fellow apprentice Holly Watkins who started work for Artyparty in Thirsk in October 2012 have also both received grants from Thirsk Rotary Youth Trust (TRYT) under a scheme to help further education or vocational training of 16 to 20 year olds from the area. Christian used his to buy tools to use at college and Holly is using hers to attend two training courses.

The District Council is also lending its support to this week’s National Apprenticeship Week – organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.

There are also 14 apprentices working for the District Council itself in the Waste and Street scene, Business and Community, Leisure and Customer Services with another due to start in ICT shortly.

Small businesses who are based in Hambleton and are interested in taking on a local apprentice should contact Nicole Patterson on 01609 767233 or Nicole.patterson@hambleton.gov.uk or www.hambleton.gov.uk/CLBB