Sam Richardson named as GTA England Finalist

DTA are extremely proud to have had another apprentice recognised for their achievements during their programme. 

Sam Richardson was named as a Finalist at the GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards in the Best Newcomer Engineering/Construction category. 

The Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 7th February at The MTC in Coventry and the awards were presented by the CEO of the Institute of Apprenticeships, Sir Gerry Berragan. Sam was in his category with 6 other apprentices from Training Providers across England with one winner, one runner-up and 4 finalists awarded. All the apprentices should be proud that they were selected from 12,500 apprentices who are currently on programme across the GTA England network. 

Sam is an Apprentice Maintenance Engineer at Portakabin in York and started his Apprenticeship in 2016. Since then, Sam has been awarded DTA's 2017 First Year Mechanical Apprentice of the Year and in 2018 was awarded Second Year Highly Commended Mechanical Apprentice of the Year. 

Sam has done some fantastic work since starting his Apprenticeship. In 2017, he was part of the NYEngApps Brathay Apprentice Challenge Team who got to the National Finals. The team of 9 apprentices created a Cricket Net for Westow Youth Cricket Team and worked hard to promote apprenticeships across the region. Sam was an integral part of the team and we saw him grasp this opportunity with both hands to help him to develop additional skills to help him in his career. 

He has continued to help present and future apprentices by being a part of DTA's Apprentice Council and Portakabin's Apprentice Forum to help improve training and facilities. He has also been interviewed on BBC Radio York and by The Daily Mirror to speak about his experience of going straight from GCSE's into an Apprenticeship. 

All at DTA would like to say congratulations, especially to Sam, but to all the apprentices who were named as Finalists. You should all be proud of your accomplishments. 

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