AN apprentice has won an award for her work after she returned to her school to lead future generations of learners.
Sarah Naisbett was a pupil at Easington Community Science College and went on to study A-Levels.
But when she told her former teachers she was not enjoying the courses, they offered her the chance to further her career another way.
Now, after setting out on an NVQ and working within the school’s science department, Sarah has won an award from Training and Resources Limited (TDR), which runs the scheme, for being among the best in this year’s intake from the region.
Her award, for the advance apprenticeship of the year for education, was presented at TDR’s annual awards night in Gosforth.
Sarah, who lives in Horden, is completing the qualification via Newcastle College, spending one day a week in a classroom learning, with the other four spent in the school’s labs as a science technician.
She hopes to follow the two-year course up with a degree and go on to become a teacher.
The 20-year-old said: “I left school in 2008 and went to Byron Sixth Form College, but it wasn’t for me. Then I heard about the young apprentice scheme through the school.
“The staff here are really lovely and the kids make my job.
“They make me feel really pleased with how they are doing and because I’m not that much of a different age, we get along well.
“I’m very interested in science and it’s just something I want to do with my life.”
Jane Martin, deputy head of the school, said: “When we found out she would be able to do an apprenticeship through school, we knew we would be more than happy for her to do it with us.
“She’ll also get some qualifications as she’s working as a lab technician.
“We’re very proud she’s got this award.
“She’s so determined and is holding a full-time job and continuing her studies.”