TWO apprentices beat off competition from more than 250 other nominees across Yorkshire to be shortlisted for a top prize.
Christopher Martin and Ashley Addy have been selected to compete in the Learning and Skills Council’s Celebration of Learning and Skills Awards 2008.
The award ceremony will take place on April 16 at the Harrogate International Conference Centre.
Christopher and Ashley will join other nominees and more than 1,000 guests at the event, hosted by TV presenter Fearne Cotton.
Christopher, 19, of Emley, is one of three shortlisted nominees for the Construction, Planning and Built Environment category.
He is a building services apprentice with Wakefield Council and was named its Apprentice of the Year in 2007.
He was chosen from more than 400 applicants and put in the council’s building services team, where he is completing a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship.
He has been involved in restoration work on historic sites, including The Reform Club in London’s Pall Mall, Fountains Abbey near Ripon, Lincoln Cathedral and The Shambles in York.
He has also been on placements during his training, including a six-month secondment with the Prince’s Trust in central London.
Ashley, 22, of Sowerby Bridge, is an advanced apprentice in manufacturing textiles with Huddersfield Textile Training Ltd and textile fabrics company Interface Flor.
He began his apprenticeship in 2005 and achieved all aspects of the course in just 19 months.
He is developing his career with Interface Flor by taking an active role in quality assurance.
He works with the process and materials research department, where he is responsible for testing existing products and running trials on new ones.