Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

APPRENTICESHIP ACHIEVEMENT; Building Skills for Success DEAN Is Widely Recognised By

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

APPRENTICESHIP ACHIEVEMENT; Building Skills for Success DEAN Is Widely Recognised By

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WINNER: Dean Richardson DEAN is widely recognised by his employer and his college as a high personal achiever, who is exceptionally determined to reach his goals.

From a young age he has applied himself to become a bricklayer, following in the footsteps of his granddad. Dean, from Walkerville, Newcastle, left school at the age of 16 and secured a place at Newcastle College in 2007 to do an Intermediate Construction Award. He went on to find an apprenticeship with Mansell Construction, beating tough competition and high demand, and began work on the Walker Riverside Regeneration Project. This allowed him to gain practical, hands-on experience right on his doorstep and he excelled at college and on the site.

Construction Skills, who organised the apprenticeship, describe him as "one of the best apprentices we have ever had", and within nine months he had completed his Level 2 NVQ.

Dean was immediately given the opportunity to continue his employment with Mansell beyond his initial training agreement and he progressed on to Level 3. Dean is already top of his class and his outstanding bricklaying skills and academic ability will stand him in great stead for a fantastic career in the industry.

RUNNER UP: Shannon Arnold Helping change lives SHANNON is a shining example to other young people in foster care.

The 16-year-old from South Tyneside has been a looked after child since the age of four, after both her parents became alcoholics.

Initially it was hoped she would return to her family, but sadly her mum passed away and, as her dad continued to struggle with his drink problems, Shannon remained in care.

Despite this, Shannon has never let her difficult circumstances hold her back. Instead, she uses her experiences to help others in a similar situation.

The teenager is a Young Advocate for Sunderland City Council, which means she helps to change the lives of children in care by encouraging them to adopt a positive outlook. …

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