1 Aug 14

Hartlepool's Kate and Sarah take apprentice awards

TWO of Hartlepool’s female apprentices have taken top honours at the EDF Energy’s end of year ceremony.

Kate Welford won the year two apprentice of the year award while Sarah Carling won the sports personality of the year trophy.

Hartlepool also saw Liam Crone nominated as electrical apprentice of the year and Elliot Beddow win the apprentices’ apprentice of the year.

After two years at the company’s world-class training facility at HMS Sultan Kate is set to return to Hartlepool for the final two years of her apprentice training, while Sarah heads back to Portsmouth in September for her second year.

Kate, 21, from Yarm, a mechanical apprentice, said: “Getting the award was a real surprise, but I was very happy to get it.

“I think part of the award was linked to the fact that I organised a lot of the social events for the other apprentices.

“After two years away I am back at Hartlepool power station which has been great, I have been welcomed back and I have learned so much over the past few weeks.”

Sarah, 24, an electrical apprentice from Hartlepool, has a father and uncle on site and was equally surprised to get an award.

“I was involved in a lot of sports and also played for Gosport ladies football team as a right midfielder. I had played for Sunderland ladies in my teens.

“It was unexpected on the night, I didn’t even know there was a sports personality award.”

Both Kate and Sarah are a growing number of female apprentices joining EDF Energy.

Kate said: “I didn’t have an engineering background before applying, I had the usual part time jobs and then I was working in an office.

“But it has been a great opportunity, I have really enjoyed the training at HMS Sultan but I am especially enjoying my time now back at Hartlepool.”