Guest of Honour at the event was Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, more commonly known as Eddie the Eagle, who shot to fame during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Eddie gave an inspirational speech about the endurance and motivation behind his Olympic dream, to an audience that included students and their families, representatives from colleges, sponsoring employers, local and international industry and members of the North East business community.
A series of awards were presented to students training at TTE whose programmes are funded by Derwentside College, Redcar & Cleveland College and South Tyneside College. The awards highlighted the achievements of a number of students training in electrical, instrumentation and process disciplines.
The prestigious Managing Director’s Award was presented to Azeem Ahmed. Currently an unsponsored learner, Azeem has gained double distinctions throughout the year and is also TTE’s highest-ever BTEC achiever.
Awards were also presented to sponsored Apprentices who have either excelled in their training at TTE’s facility in South Bank, Middlesbrough or during their time as part of the workforce of their sponsoring employer.
The awards also recognised the role TTE young people and staff play in the local community. Among them was Bethan Lyans who was presented the Learner Community Award for giving up numerous hours of her time to work voluntarily with 6-8 year-olds across Teesside, is the leader of a local Beaver Scout group and is heading out to Tanzania for 38 days to build a school for a small community.
TTE staff who have supported the leaners both inside and outside of the workshop were also commended for their efforts. Jamie Iveson was named Most Inspirational Trainer, Martin Brown as Assessor of the Year Award and Andrew Hayden was given the Outstanding Achievement Award.
TTE, which was founded in 1990, is a registered charity that provides vocational technical training, including apprenticeships, for young people on Teesside. It also delivers technical training to technicians from international industry in the UK and around the world. The surpluses from its commercial activities are re-invested in supporting the training of young people.
Steve Grant, Managing Director at The TTE Technical Training Group, said: “Quality training is so important to our young learners, as we are essentially arming them with the skills they need to become successful additions to the North East industry’s workforce.
“Every year we host these awards to recognise those who encompass the ‘Spirit of Teesside’, and this year has been no exception. Throughout the year there have been challenges and opportunities. I’m delighted to say that TTE has both learners and trainers who are willing to go above and beyond to prove that Teesside is a worthwhile place of investment for both its resources and its people.”
The evening’s full list of winners is as follows:
Partner College Awards
Derwentside College Learner of the Year – Sophie Clark
Derwentside College Most Improved Learner – Jamie Thomas
Redcar and Cleveland College Learner of the Year – Ricky Gregor
Redcar and Cleveland College Most Improved Learner of the Year – Patrick Mullen
South Tyneside College Learner of the Year – Thomas Yendall
South Tyneside College Most Improved Learner of the Year – Benjamin Taylor
In-centre Apprentice of the Year – Carl Eddon who is sponsored by Northumbrian Water
In-centre Most Improved Apprentice of the Year – Alex Brown who is sponsored by British Steel
Onsite Process Science Apprentice of the Year – Zoe McLone who is sponsored by Greenergy
Onsite Electrical Apprentice of the Year – Jonathan Cross who is sponsored by SITA SUEZ
Onsite Mechanical Apprentice of the Year – Harvey Gallagher who is sponsored by SITA SUEZ
Onsite Instrument Apprentice of the Year – Paul Elliot who is sponsored by Johnson Matthey
Staff Community Award – David Parr
Learner Community Award (Sponsored by ICL) – Bethany Lynas
Special Recognition Awards
Apprentice Award for Continuous Improvement (Sponsored by CF Fertilisers) – Maddison Byrne
Outstanding Achievement Onsite Award (Sponsored by Lotte Chemicals) – Michael Stokes who is sponsored by CPI
Outstanding Achievement for In-centre Learners Award (Sponsored by Sabic) – Charlotte Lax-Keeler
Health and Safety Award (Sponsored by PX Ltd) – Christian Harrison
Team Player Award (sponsored by CPI) – Joe Henderson
Most Inspirational Trainer – Jamie Iveson
Most Supportive Trainer – Chris Adnett
The Assesor of the Year – Martin Brown
Staff Award for Outstanding Achievement – Andrew Hayden
Managing Director’s Award – Azeem Ahmed