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MERSEYSIDE'S modern apprentice of the year has been crowned at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

David Welsh beat 12,000 modern apprentices to the title awarded by Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council.

The 20-year-old from Widnes left school at 16 and decided to follow his father's footsteps as an engineer. He took an apprenticeship at Runcorn's APPH Aviation Services.

Four years later he is nearing the end of his apprenticeship, is a qualified engineer technician, and has been offered a full time job.

He said: ``I'm shocked to win because I wasn't expecting it but I've been very committed to work and I'vebeen producing to a high standard.''

David has been rewarded with a holiday for two in Ibiza and the runners-up, all district heat winners from Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton,St Helens,and Wirral, received a gift voucher and either a mobile phone or health and beauty treatment.

David, also the Halton district winner, and the runners-up, will now all go on to the national modern apprenticeship finals.

David's company also took employer of the year.

Malcolm Macintosh, managing director of APPH Aviation Services, said: ``We're thrilled with David's award.

``These awards have highlighted to us that we have the right training in place and this is a credit to the whole workforce.''

The GMLSC runs the modern apprenticeship scheme and its executive director Paul Holme said: ``Modern apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for young people who would rather continue their learn-ing in the workplace to achieve their full potential.

``The modern apprenticeship awards are an acknowledgement of the success of all those involved in the scheme.''


TOP AWARD: David Welsh with his prizes after being named Merseyside's modern apprentice of the year
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2003
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