Katie given apprentice of the year accolade

Katie Hall receiving her award from Northumberland born couture designer Paul Shriek.
Katie Hall receiving her award from Northumberland born couture designer Paul Shriek.

AN ASHINGTON teenager has secured a top title.

After starting an apprenticeship with Bernicia early this year and gaining a job with the firm, 18-year-old Katie Hall has now been named as the Northumberland College Apprenticeship Student of the Year.

Apprenticeship support officer at the college, Paul Towns, who nominated Katie, said: “She is so efficient, dedicated and able to work independently in her job role that she was given her own area of responsibility at Bernicia in a very short space of time.”

After she completes her level 2 apprenticeship in business administration, Katie hopes to progress to the level 3 advanced apprenticeship training and build a career with the social housing provider – beginning with the post of administration assistant.

“I was studying for my A levels when I found out about the Bernicia apprenticeship online,” said Katie.

“I decided to apply as I didn’t really want to go to university and was looking for the chance to work and gain experience in the workplace.

“When the opportunity to gain a permanent position came along my colleagues reassured me I was approaching the whole application/interview process in the right way and were really supportive.

“It was fantastic to get a full-time job and now to win this award is like the icing on the cake.”

Katie was one of ten apprentices taken on by Bernicia at the start of the year with the help of funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.