Richard wins "Apprentice"

A TRAINEE gas fitter from Liversedge has been named apprentice of the year by a national social housing organisation.
Richard Blundell, 29, won a cash prize for coming first in the Direct Works Forum Apprentice of the Year awards.
Leeds College of Building student Richard took the award partly for being top of his class and also because he has changed career.
Tutor Mark Freeth said: “It is an excellent achievement for Richard, who took a very brave step in deciding to retrain as a gas engineer.”
Richard has been training for more than two years on a course supported by Kirklees Council’s apprenticeship scheme.
The authority’s involvement allows students to gain practical work experience through Kirklees Building Services.
Scheme manager Rachel Lynch said: “We have excellent tradesmen who pass on their skills to apprentices, allowing us to produce really good workers.”
The Direct Works Forum, founded in 1998, is the representative body for housing associations and registered social landlords.
Richard was stunned at coming first and said: “When I started more than two years ago I never thought I would be put forward for a national award.”

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