A Peterlee company has been named winner of the North East National Apprenticeship Awards 2015 in the Medium Employer of the Year category.
Sotech, of Traynor Way, will now be entered into the national finals in London on January 26.
The awards, now in their twelfth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices, and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
On accepting the award, director Richard Egginton, said: “The whole team is thrilled and humbled to have won this award.
“As a company, we have been employing apprentices since 1984, and more than half of our team once started as apprentices. Sotech is built on apprenticeships and to be recognised like this is rewarding for Sotech, for our many apprentices and for the overall bid to introduce more apprenticeships across the UK.
“We are proud to be representing the North East against winners from the other 11 region. I would like to personally thank Profound, Hartlepool College, East Durham College and Apollo Academy School for providing us with such a high calibre of apprentices over the years. We’re now looking ahead to the national final!”
Claire Ryan added:“We work closely with East Durham College to promote and fill our many apprenticeship schemes and I would like to thank the team there for all their support.”