Ben Lumsden was announced as Ibstock Brick’s Apprentice of the Year, and donated his prize money to charity.

Lumsden works at the company’s Throckley factory in Tyne and Wear. He impressed the interview panel with his confidence, planning skills, academic achievement and the practical application of his skills.

The award, which is now in its fourth year, is an opportunity to celebrate exceptional performance. Apprentices at Ibstock Brick learn about the business through a mixture of classroom and practical learning, with graduates achieving externally recognised academic and vocational qualifications.

The Apprentice of the Year is awarded £500, and Lumsden has donated this to the Royal Victoria Infirmary Bowel Cancel Ward where his Grandad was treated for the disease.

Lumsden said: “I have always had an interest in engineering from a young age after spending time with my Grandad. I studied engineering at Gateshead College for a year until I heard about the Ibstock Apprenticeship through my mum who works for Ibstock Brick. The scheme has been very beneficial in helping me develop my skills as I have gained a lot of hands on experience. I was very proud to be chosen as Ibstock’s Apprentice of the Year. It was always something I wanted to achieve and worked hard for, but I was surprised to win as the competition was fierce. In the future I hope to continue my career with Ibstock Brick, making it as far up the career ladder as I can.”

Andrew Craddock, Production Director at Ibstock Brick, said: “Our apprenticeship scheme was developed to create a pool of engineering and technical specialists who, in the future, will help drive forward innovation and manufacturing excellence. The scheme has gone from strength to strength, and I would like to congratulate Ben, and all of our apprentices, for their hard work and dedication to learning. It is only by nurturing our future talent that we will have people with the technical expertise and skills to manufacture our products for years to come.”