DERWENT Training Association has celebrated the success of apprentices at their annual Apprentice of the Year Awards ceremony.

The apprentices were presented their awards by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Dr Paul Shepherd, who is a chartered engineer.

The 15 apprentices were nominated because of reasons such as having a strong work ethic, a determination to succeed, showing great aptitude and being highly motivated.

Claire Gavaghan, chief executive officer, said: “The Apprentice of the Year Awards celebrate the success of engineering apprentices who work in North Yorkshire.

“After restructuring the business, we are delighted to report that achievement is at the national rate for engineering apprentices and above average for all providers within the Yorkshire and Humberside delivery area.

“Engineering and Manufacturing remains a priority area for the Local Enterprise Partnership and Derwent Training Association is committed to delivering on this priority.

“The apprentices now progress with their careers with skills, knowledge and behaviours that will take the industry forward and enhance the productivity of the region. Thank you to all employers and apprentices for their continued support.”

Derwent Training Association is a specialist engineering training provider in Malton who, in partnership with local employers, train young people to become engineers through the apprenticeship route.

The centre has trained over 650 apprentices over the last 31 years and welcomed 30 new apprentices to the centre in September.