WELL DONE: Jordan English
WELL DONE: Jordan English

A DALE mechanic said he is “shocked but delighted” after awarded the title of apprentice of the year at his college.

Jordan English, 22, from Barnard Castle, was presented with a glass trophy and certificate at a special ceremony at New College Durham. He won it in the category of light vehicle motor mechanics.

He said: “I was totally shocked when I found out I’d won. I didn’t even know I’d been entered.”

Apprenticeships normally last three years but Mr English opted to continue his studies via a day release programme from Mickleton Service Station for an extra year to gain a higher qualification.

He joined the garage after completing his A-levels and has become a valued member of the team at the garage.

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His boss and garage owner, David Hutchinson, said he is over the moon at Mr English’s award and describing it as a testament to all the hard work he has put in.

“Jordan is a very bright lad and we’re all really proud,” said Mr Hutchinson. “I’m a big believer in apprenticeships. The on-the-job experience is invaluable and it gives students a chance to earn while they learn.”

The garage has high standards with two other former apprentices winning apprentice of the year titles when they completed their studies.

Colin Hutchinson, 36, was awarded the accolade when he did his training at Bishop Auckland and Andrew Hutchinson, 27, was given the award by Darlington college.