William lands top apprentice award

A MONKSEATON man has been recognised for his work at an international company by being named its apprentice of the year.

William Wilson is in the final year of his training at BP after joining BP Exploration in 2006.

And the 22-year-old was recently named as BP’s Apprentice of the Year 2011, being awarded The Tallow Chandlers’ Gold Award and Certificate of Excellence.

He received his honour at a ceremony in London, which recognises the outstanding performance and achievements of BP employees and trainees at graduate and apprentice level from across the company’s global operations.

William, a former Whitley Bay High School pupil, played rugby for Northumberland at junior level and also for local rugby clubs Percy Park and Rockcliff.

As part of his work over the last few years with BP, William has specialised in all aspects of process engineering on the BP Magnus platform in the North Sea.

The Medal of Excellence was designed by Christopher Ironside and struck at the Royal Mint.