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Craig scoops regional award

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Craig scoops regional award

An apprentice at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has scooped a top regional award.

Craig Bage jointly won the intermediate apprentice of the year award at the NHS North East Apprenticeships Celebrating Success Awards.

Craig, 19, completed a business administration apprenticeship at the Trust’s premises at Cobalt Business Park and has secured a job in an administrator in the training department.

He opted to complete an apprenticeship rather than go to university and this has enabled him to combine education and work experience.

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 has started a foundation degree.

Davina Cooper, Craig’s apprenticeship 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.”

The awards, which were held for the second year, recognise the outstanding dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of NHS apprentices and the contribution they make to excellent patient care.

The awards, hosted by NHS North East, saw achievements go to 21 NHS apprentices who had excelled in their work as well as four winners awards for the NHS North East intermediate and advanced apprentices of the year.