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Nordic awarded for community care


A specialist North East training firm is celebrating after snapping up a community accolade at Star Radio’s Local Heroes Awards ceremony.

Darlington-based Nordic Pioneer won Star Radio’s Community Project of the Year Award after partnering up with Darlington College to deliver its apprenticeship programme to local students aged 16 to 24.

The Community Project of the Year Award recognises a worthy scheme that has had a significant impact in the local community. Nordic Pioneer, which specialises in apprenticeship training in the cleaning and environmental sector, stood out from the other nominees due to its efforts in giving young people the skills to help clean up the Darlington area.

Since launching its apprenticeship programme in partnership with the College, Nordic has helped over 180 young people in Darlington gain NVQ qualifications in cleaning or waste management.

Peter Robinson, chief executive of Nordic Pioneer, said: “We are thrilled to be named this year’s Community Project Award.

“We pride ourselves on our services to the environment, and seeing the issue that many young people are currently facing with unemployment has really driven us to give them a practical solution. Hopefully this Award will now encourage many more young people in Darlington to consider undertaking one of our apprenticeships in the future.”

Star Radio’s Local Heroes Awards publicly celebrate individuals who go the extra mile to help others in their community, or the community as a whole. These efforts are honoured at a glittering Gala Awards Dinner.

Mark Reason, managing director of Star Radio, said: “We are extremely proud to honour Nordic Pioneer with our Community Project of the Year Award.

“By taking on dozens of young apprentices, Nordic not only helps them back into work, but also shows them the importance of taking care of their community and environment, especially here in Darlington. What’s more, many recruits have thoroughly enjoyed the course and developed a pride in their area because of it, and we wish the Company every success with its future apprenticeships.”

Nordic Pioneer delivers apprenticeship opportunities to young people across the North East and the UK as a whole. It currently employs around 45 members of staff including trainers, assessors and internal verifiers, alongside 350 apprentices.

For more information on the Company, please visit: www.nordicpioneer.co.uk.

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