March 20, 2019
At Askham Bryan College’s “Apprenticeship Star Awards 2019” on Wednesday 6th March it was a great night for Lloyd Ltd Bishop Auckland. Not only did the branch win the “Apprenticeship Employer in Land-Based Engineering” award, but their agricultural machinery apprentice James Graham was named “Star Apprentice 2019 – Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineering”. Both awards are a reflection of the time and support that Lloyd Ltd provide to their apprentices and to James’ own hard work and commitment to his studies.
Alistair Whitby, Lloyd Ltd Bishop Auckland’s Dealer Principal, in his acceptance speech on the night acknowledged the importance of his branch’s close working relationship with Askham Bryan College and the value of apprenticeships to the Lloyd Ltd business. “We have three main sectors to our business – Agriculture, Construction and Groundcare - and in each we have apprentice engineers working and learning with highly-qualified colleagues. All three are doing tremendously well, as we all work and learn together. The quality of teaching at Askham Bryan College has surpassed our expectations.”
Lloyd Ltd’s award-winning apprentice James added: “I am really pleased and surprised to have received this award. I am enjoying my apprenticeship a great deal – the studies at Askham Bryan College and the hands-on learning at Lloyd Ltd are the perfect combination. I’m looking forward to continuing my development and to the future ahead. Thank you to everyone who is supporting me.”
Alistair added: “At the end of their apprenticeships there will be a full-time position at Lloyd Ltd Bishop Auckland. Apprentices are our future and need to be respected as a major asset to anyone’s organisation. Lloyd Ltd is proud to be able to offer these opportunities and to helping James and our other apprentices to start their working lives.”
Lloyd Ltd receive their awards. From left to right: Dealer Principal Alistair Whitby, Apprentice James Graham. Service Manager Martin Bell.
Askham Bryan College is a specialist land-based college with around 5,000 students studying across six centres in the North of England, including at York and also Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria.