Kettering apprentice rewarded for his commitment

Joe Cleaver receives his award from Karen Riley and John Maloney of LearnDirect

Joe Cleaver receives his award from Karen Riley and John Maloney of LearnDirect

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An apprentice from Kettering who works for a firm in Corby has been named one of the best in the region.

Joe Cleaver was highly commended in the Central Eastern regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 11th year, 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.

The 22-year-old fought off tough competition to be shortlisted and was announced as highly commended in the Learndirect intermediate apprentice of the year category, in recognition of his commitment to his Litho Print Apprenticeship with CRP Print and Packaging Ltd in Corby.

The National Apprenticeship Service deputy director employer and delivery services central, Karen Riley, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards are an excellent platform to recognise and celebrate the dedication shown by all our excellent apprenticeship employers and apprentices.

“The quality of entries we had for the Central Eastern awards this year was exceptional. Those who have won should celebrate their success. But every apprentice and employer who entered can be proud of what they have achieved.

“We want it to become the norm for young people to choose between an apprenticeship or university as equally prestigious routes to a great career and a secure financial future.

“Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people with the skills employers need to grow and compete. A campaign is calling on young people to ‘Get In, Go Far’ by choosing an apprenticeship, and with the huge range available across England, there has never been a better time to become an apprentice. They enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning.

“Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity, and events like the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase just how beneficial they are for both employers and individuals.

“I hope everyone who received an award on the night is proud of their achievements, and continues to fly the flag for apprenticeships throughout their career.”

The awards have four apprentice categories, intermediate, advanced and higher, and the City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year.

For details about apprenticeships go to apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150600.