A WALLSEND teenager is celebrating after being named as one of the UK’s top apprentices.
Reece Hall beat hundreds of entrants to be crowned the North East Young Apprentice of the Year.
The 17-year-old is a bricklayer for Barratt North East after beginning with the firm last September, with Newcastle College and CITB-ConstructionSkills delivering his training.
Despite struggling at school, Reece has turned his life around and become a skilled and highly valued member of the team at Barratt.
He impressed the regional award judges with his enthusiasm and desire to succeed.
Reece said: “My apprenticeship has given me a fantastic career opportunity and has also been extremely beneficial to my personal development.
“I have gained so many new skills and am learning more all the time.
“As well as developing skills in my area of specialism, I have also gained experience and knowledge of all aspects of the building trade, which will stand me in good stead for the future and hopefully help me to achieve my ambition of becoming a site manager one day.”
Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), the awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the businesses that employ them.
John Wayman, director for the NAS in the north east, said: “Reece excelled in his apprenticeship and is an excellent role model to others.”