York Potash Apprentices Win Local Awards


Three high-achieving York Potash apprentices have been recognised at Scarborough's first ever event to honour the area’s skilled and talented apprentices.

At the STARS (Scarborough Talented Apprentices Recognised with Success) awards ceremony on Friday, Alice Milner from Scarborough was crowned Business Administration Apprentice of the Year and, Whitby’s Lee Readman and Emma Boyes were runners up in the IT and Accountancy categories respectively.

The apprentices are all part of the York Potash apprentice programme which is committed to creating at least 50 further apprenticeships over the next five years in preparation for mining operations.

After working for two years in York Potash's Scarborough office, Alice accepted a secondment to the firm's London office in March. Judges were impressed by Alice's ability to handle complicated legal and financial matters in a role that covers a wide range of duties supporting York Potash's senior management team.

Lee and Emma were both singled out by judges for their professionalism and their ability to balance day-to-day office duties alongside their studies.

Matt Parsons, Education and Skills Manager at York Potash said: “We are delighted that the talent of our apprentices has been recognised at the inaugural STARS awards ceremony. All the apprentices are hard-working and driven and, each day they demonstrate the value that they add to the team. With plans for up to 50 apprenticeships over the next five years in addition to our undergraduate programme we look forward to continuing to welcome more high performers to the company.”

With over 300 people in attendance the STARS awards ceremony was an opportunity for the local business community to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions young people are making to business in Scarborough. The awards were organised by Scarborough Jobmatch and sponsored by Scarborough Borough Council, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Dalby Offshore and Y H Training Services.

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