The event, which was held at Middlesbrough Town Hall, saw Laura presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award, beating several others to the prestigious award.
Guest of Honour at the event was Olympic Silver Medallist at the BBC’s Athletics presenter, Steve Cram CBE, who gave an inspiring motivational speech about his career to the guests in attendance, which included students and their families, representatives from colleges, sponsoring employers, local and international industry and members of the North East business community.
21 year-old Laura, from Ingleby Barwick, Stockton, is currently undertaking a two year apprenticeship in process operation after changing her career path from a beautician. After spending one year training at TTE’s specialist South Bank facility she joined her sponsor CPI at its Wilton operation plant and is a process operating apprentice. Laura’s role consists of good microbial practice, fermentations to downstream processing, and working with different bacteria on a daily basis.
TTE provides school leavers with practical training, technical skills, the ability to learn and earn and the opportunity to enjoy a career in industry through its employer-sponsored Apprenticeships and Study Programmes.
Simon Wright, Laura’s manager on plant said, “She has become a very valued member of the NIBF team in such a short time. Laura has taken on all work related challenges in her stride and is competent enough to write Standard Operating Procedures and operate projects on her own whilst completing her apprenticeship modules ahead of schedule. This award is well deserved for all the hard work Laura has put into progressing her apprenticeship within CPI”.