Darlington-born Sion Netzler, 25, has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award and has also won the Medal for Excellence – a prestigious industry award – for his achievements with training firm Nordic Pioneer.
Being passionate about the local environment, Sion saw an opportunity to join Nordic’s Urban Blitz programme, which trains apprentices in various areas of cleaning – such as graffiti removal – as well as environmental maintenance, with successful candidates receiving qualifications including an NVQ.
Not only did Sion complete the course, he also secured full-time employment with Nordic and is now enjoying a thriving career as a senior team leader of the Urban Blitz programme.
The City & Guilds’ Medals for Excellence is a global programme which has been running for over 100 years, recognising the achievements of learners and trainers who produce exceptional work, or overcome the odds to achieve their goals.
Sion will attend a glittering ceremony at London’s Camden Roundhouse venue to pick up his award, while he could also be set for a second major honour with his name being put forward to the People’s Choice category of the awards, voted for by members of the public.
Sion said: “Nothing like this has ever happened for me before, so it’s come as a shock. I have my good days and bad days, but in the end I’ve worked hard for this.
“I feel like things are really happening for me and it’s been a fantastic experience. It feels like everything is coming together.
“Belonging to a company that truly values me is hard to grasp, as I’ve never known anything like it. But I’ve always wanted to help the environment and it’s great to be working for a company that shares the same values.”
Nordic Pioneer chief executive Peter Robinson added: “This couldn’t happen to a more deserving young person. Sion is a very willing and versatile apprentice. He has showed dedication from the start and has the admiration of me and the entire team.
“We’re all very proud and pleased for him and he’s a fine reflection on the company. He gives the right message to young people who may be struggling for whatever reason. As a company, we face challenges which can seem like an uphill battle, but apprentices like Sion prove it is all worthwhile.”
Sion is the latest in a string of Nordic apprentices to have won industry acclaim, with the company maintaining an excellent reputation in terms of getting young people, who aren’t in education, employment or training, into the workplace.
For more information on the company, please visit: www.nordicpioneer.co.uk.