North Lindsey College celebrates apprentices at awards ceremony

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

NORTH Lindsey College celebrated the success of apprentices at its annual awards ceremony.

Mountaineer Ellis Stewart presented at the event on March 8 and spoke of how his hard work and dedication enabled him to achieve his dreams and ambitions through his exploits in mountaineering.

In 2014 and again in 2015 he survived the two worst disasters in the history of Mount Everest climbing whilst attempting to reach the summit.

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Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony, Ellis said: "I do several of these events a year. "When I came back from Everest in 2015, a couple of the agencies I am with said I have a compelling story and it would be quite interesting to talk about that.

"I have done it a few times in local schools and I enjoy it. It was a nice experience to be able to share the story of what I went through."

Ellis said the feedback has been positive and many people have found his talks inspirational. He said his message to the young people was to "go for it".

"This is the best age range of people. I was a very similar age range myself when I was in the audience listening to a climber talk," Ellis said.

The event was very well supported with nearly 200 guests made up of students, parents, carers, employers and staff.

Fifteen awards were presented at the event with dedicated sponsors from employers that the college works closely with including: Howarth Timber Windows and Doors, British Steel, G. S. Kelsey Ltd, Schwarzkopf, Imperial Commercials, CR Parrott Consultants Ltd, R J Coleman, Bradbury Group, Elite Care Solutions Ltd, Halfords Trade, Switched Positive Electrical Contractors Ltd, Ongo Recruitment and The Bank Hairdressing.

Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Ongo Recruitment, was received by Steve Sowerby (Managing Director), from TG Sowerby Developments Ltd. Over the years, TG Sowerby have taken on over 100 apprentices and Steve was an apprentice at the college from 1982 to 1984. He said: "I am ever so proud; proud to be nominated and proud that I won."

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