Paralympic star helps celebrate county apprentices

By Tim Clarke Monday 03 December 2012 Updated: 05/12 11:40

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BRITISH cycling hero Sarah Storey spoke passionately about her journey to Paralympic glory before helping to honour young Worcestershire apprentices for their great achievements.

Sarah, who picked up four golds at London 2012 to take her career haul to 11, presented over 130 certificates and ten special achievement awards to young people at Worcestershire Group Training Association’s 45th Annual Prizegiving.

The 35-year-old spoke of the need to train and develop skills in order for a person to achieve their goals and the need for a support network. She also revealed the challenges she faced including some of her low points and how she overcame them to achieve such great success.

WGTA Chief Executive Phil Round said: “Over the years we have invited politicians, war heroes, captains of industry and sportsmen and women to be our special guest at these events. This year following the brilliant Olympic and Paralympic games where else could we look. We sought someone to present the awards who could inspire and provide a role model at pushing the boundaries of their career and demonstrate the strong link between training and success.”

Engineering and Commerce apprentices received certificates for apprenticeships at NVQ level 2 and Advanced Apprenticeships at NVQ level 3/4.

And there were special awards too including Jack Williams of P & S Tools (Engineering Endeavour - First Year); Thomas Preen Amada UK (Engineering Apprentice of the Year - First Year) and Rhys Smith of Bosch Thermotechnology (Craft Apprentice of the Year - Post First Year).

Amada UK was named Apprentice Employer of the Year with David Barnett, of Yamazaki Mazak, honoured presented with the Apprenticeship Champion award.

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