A HEXHAM resident has been awarded apprentice of the year.

Jack Whitehall started his career with Egger UK in May 2019 as a payroll apprentice.

Over the last two years, he has completed coursework with training provider SMART training, and learnt skills from the Egger UK payroll team, to successfully complete his apprenticeship.

Jack was selected as Apprentice of the Year by the team at SMART training due to his willingness to learn and his outstanding performance over the two-year programme.

As part of his prize, he was awarded a certificate and a £250 voucher.

On completion of his apprenticeship in September, Jack accepted a permanent position at Egger UK as a trainee payroll systems and analytics coordinator.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity and support I’ve received from Egger over the past few years", he said. "My apprenticeship provided me with an excellent overview of payroll administration and allowed me to be part of a fantastic team.”

Sarah Elizabeth, training advisor at SMART training, added: “Jack has been awarded Apprentice of the Year for SMART training for his effort and drive for success in his apprenticeship. He was a great learner and a pleasure to teach. Jack really deserves this award.”

Over 14 per cent of Egger UK’s current workforce joined as an apprentice.

Applications for Egger UK’s 2022 apprenticeship programme will open on Monday, November 1. Roles will be available in the mechanical, production, electrical, business administration, marketing, purchasing, warehouse and transport teams.

To find out more information, visit www.egger.com/apprenticeships