AN apprentice from Chorley has been named the best in the north west.
Neal Wareing, who works for Kerax Ltd, received the honour at the annual Alliance Learning Awards.
The awards ceremony recognises and rewards the hard work and commitment of learners and the businesses which support them and was held at Alliance Learning’s Head Office in Horwich.
The 24th Annual Alliance Learning Awards Evening was attended by apprentices, adult learners and employers from across the North West. The awards were attended by members of the Board of Trustees, the Mayoress of Bolton, representatives from Bolton Hospice, event sponsors MBDA UK Ltd and local businesses as well as the learners and their families.
Alliance Learning chair of trustees, Diana Morton, hosted the ceremony this year and chief executive Julie Robinson presented the awards within each of the 16 categories on the night.
The highlight of the evening is the ‘Apprentice of the Year 2016’ award, which recognises the person who has shown exceptional commitment to their training programme throughout 2015/16.
A Kerax spokesman said: “Neal is both enthusiastic and inquisitive and the quality and quantity of his work is that of a time served individual.
“While completing his apprenticeship Neal came up with an idea for production that saved Kerax money, extended the life expectancy of products and changed the way a process was done for the first time in 30 years.
“Quite an achievement, this young man is destined for big things to come.”
Kerax,which is based in Cowling Road, Chorley, manufactures and supplies waxes .