Last night, British Engines won the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year Award at the Insider Made in the North East Awards.

The awards, held at Ramside Hall in Durham, saw British Engines up against three other well respected companies in the region.

Presenter of the evening BBC Business Correspondent Jonty Bloom,said: “ The judges were impressed that irrespective of gender or age, British Engines welcome all members of the community into their business. The judges believe that this scheme is the gold star standard of apprenticeships.”

Attended by a range of businesses, the Insider Awards is a celebration of the manufacturing industry across the North East.

Elaine Roy, Group Learning and Development Manager said: “Our apprenticeship scheme was designed to develop and nurture engineering talent and provide local employment opportunities in the North East. We are now training 82 apprentices across the group and this award really is testament to the hard work and effort we put into the scheme.”

Alex Lamb, Chairman of British Engines, said: “We genuinely believe that apprentices are the foundation of our business, investing in these people is an investment in the future of our business.”

British Engines will now go on to compete nationally on 17 June 2016 at the Liverpool Conference Centre.

Applications for next year’s September 2016 apprenticeship start date will open in January 2016.