Outstanding Student Offered Five Top Apprenticeships

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Tollbar Academy Year 11 student Harry Blake (16) who has been offered all five of the apprenticeships he applied for.

A Year 11 Tollbar Academy student has engineered his way to a bright future after being offered five Instrumentation Apprenticeships.

Harry Blake (16) was put forward by leading Humber Engineering Training provider HETA to four of the region's top companies and received four offers, a feat HETA described as rare. He then applied independently to British Steel and received a fifth apprenticeship offer.

Harry, who decided he wanted to work with his hands at the age of 14 after finding a passion for Technology at Tollbar Academy, had some agonising to do, but has chosen an apprenticeship with Phillips 66.

He said: "I am really happy. HETA told me it was extremely rare to get so many offers. When I was 14 I decided to work with my hands because I enjoyed Technology at school. They were impressed that I have two Sports Leader qualifications, which I studied for through Tollbar after school each week, and what I had to do to obtain them. Also, that I had achieved my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award."

Harry's mum Sarah said: "We are so proud of Harry and what he has achieved. It was a very hard decision for Harry to make as to which company he accepted, but I suppose it was a nice decision to have."

Stephen Moon, Tollbar Academy Principal, said: "Harry is an outstanding student. He works very hard to achieve his best and this is reflected in the unprecedented offers he has received. He is a credit to himself, his parents and the Academy and we wish him well, whichever path he decides to take."

Darren Cunningham, General Manager at Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, added: "We take pride in our apprenticeship programme and this year the quality of applicants exceeded all expectations. We look forward to welcoming Harry to the Phillips 66 family as part of our 2018 apprenticeship intake."

Alex Billingham, Centre Manager for HETA Stallingborough, said: "We have seen significant growth in applications this year, as well as a rise in demand from organisations for apprentices. The quality of applicants is always exceptional and this year has been no different. Harry is a very bright and talented young man, who I know will thrive at HETA and become a part of not only his company's success but also that of the region and the wider economy."

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

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David J Hampson