A TALENTED young sports apprentice from Blyth has netted the top spot at a college’s Oscars.
Christopher Laidlaw, 19, won the Employee of the Year at Gateshead College’s annual staff awards ceremony after receiving the most votes from work colleagues.
Christopher started last September when he secured a Level 2 sports apprenticeship at the college and, after impressing with his enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn, has seen this extended by another 18 months.
He now aims to build on his success by taking his Level 3 apprenticeship, and hopes to gain a full time job in coaching at Gateshead College or a job working in a similar sports environment.
The awards are given to those employees who best embody the college’s values of hard work, achievement and teaching excellence.
Gateshead College’s commitment to its employees and being a good employer has also been recognised at a national level.
For the third year in a row, it was recently named among The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to Work For – the only college and one of ten north east regional organisations to feature.
Principal Richard Thorold said: “His tremendous hard work and dedication have clearly been recognised by his work colleagues and made a significant contribution to sports coaching.”
Christopher added: “I really couldn’t believe it when my name was called as there were so many other worthy colleagues nominated.
“It was a huge shock but I am so thrilled – it was a special moment.”