Lord Mayor gives out awards to apprentices

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THE Lord Mayor of Portsmouth has handed out awards to top apprentices in the city.

PETA Training and Consultancy Service held its annual Alex Zemenides Apprentice of the Year awards ceremony at its North Harbour centre.

The award recognises learners at PETA who have shown commitment to learning and who have succeeded while dealing with difficulties on a personal or work level.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lynne Stagg, said all the nominated apprentices were winners, having been chosen from over 400 PETA apprentices this year.

Cllr Stagg said: ‘People learn in different ways – and apprenticeships are not the weaker option, but a viable career choice that can lead to the same academic opportunities such as degrees, but with a clear path to suitable employment.’

Out of 10 nominees, the overall winner was advanced engineering apprentice Ryan Bulman, who works at Barnbrook Systems Ltd in Fareham.