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Apprentice’s surprise at award win

Student at West Cheshire College wins excellence award

West Cheshire College apprentice James Page with Plus Dane chief executive Ken Perry (left) and Ben Donnelly of the Elixir Group after receiving his excellence award

An apprentice studying at West Cheshire College has carried off an excellence award.

Neighbourhood investor Plus Dane Group, which manages the council’s housing stock in Ellesmere Port and Neston, recognised 20-year-old James Page from Ellesmere Port at its annual apprentice awards.

James is currently completing an advanced apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery.

He was praised for his commitment to learn of Plus Dane’s ‘core principle’ of excellence.

The awards event, held in Liverpool, was held to recognise the achievements of the group’s up-and-coming young people.

“It was such a surprise to win the award as I had no idea,” said James.

“During my apprenticeship I have had the opportunity to carry out maintenance on various properties which has improved my skills.

“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship for anyone wanting to develop practical abilities and gain a qualification at the same time.”

James, along with other apprentices awarded on the evening, was nominated by his peers and line manager within Plus Dane.

The celebration also revealed the six Plus Dane apprentices who have been named to take part in a leg of the first Apprentice Ship Challenge cup race in June.

The apprentices, including James, will be fully trained to make up part of a ship’s working crew on a five day voyage from Liverpool to Whitehaven in Cumbria.

The race has been organised by the Merseyside Adventure Trust which plans to turn the Apprentice Ship Challenge Cup, part of the Mersey River Festival, into an annual event.

Plus Dane chief executive Ken Perry, who presented the awards, said: “Our apprentices play a vital role in our organisation and deserve our utmost thanks for the contributions they make to Plus Dane on a daily basis.

“Their ideas and their enthusiasm to learn really brings a freshness to the business and adds a real value to our organisation.

“The awards are a chance to recognise the hard work of our apprentices and help to inspire them to go on to achieve their very best.”

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