A TEENAGER has been named as one of the health service’s best apprentices in the region and has also landed himself a job.
Craig Bage was named joint winner of the intermediate apprentice of the year award at the NHS North East Apprenticeships Celebrating Success Awards.
The 19-year-old completed a business administration apprenticeship at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s premises at Cobalt Business Park and has secured a job as an administrator in the training department.
Craig, from Cramlington, said: “I’m delighted to win this award and it’s rounded off an amazing year for me.
“Deciding to undertake an apprenticeship instead of university has been the best decision I have ever made.
“I’ve gained qualifications and am working towards my degree while gaining valuable experience working.
“The Trust and its training department have offered me so many opportunities for progression and I can not thank them enough for their support.”
Craig’s role involves helping to facilitate statutory and mandatory training for staff throughout the trust. He has completed NVQ levels 2 and 3 and started a foundation degree.
Davina Cooper, Craig’s apprentice coordinator at the trust, said: “Craig’s motivation and dedication is unquestionable and his customer service skills are outstanding.
“He has demonstrated hard work and a willingness to support not only his peers but senior managers.
“Craig is truly inspirational to new apprentices within the trust and is an invaluable member of the organisation.
“He is a shining example of what a young apprentice can achieve within the NHS and his award is thoroughly deserved.”