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STAGECOACH’S bus apprentices have been recognised at the company’s 10th annual Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Nine bus engineering apprentices were awarded for their outstanding performance at a ceremony at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Michael Creed of Chichester won the gong for first-year apprentice 2014, which was handed to him by last year’s winner, also from the south, James Irvine.

The winners received cash prizes, individual trophies and tools supplied by event sponsors ADL, Optare, the Society of Operations Engineers, Roadcrew and QA Supplies.

Many awards were offered at the event, and the recipients of many work for Stagecoach South.

Dorothy Hermiston, Stagecoach UK bus deputy training and development manager, said: ‘This year’s winners have excelled themselves and set an exceptionally high standard over the past 12 months and they thoroughly deserve their awards. The Stagecoach apprentice scheme is widely recognised as one of the most comprehensive in the bus industry.’