Proud Jack’s the top apprentice at his college

Jack Walker, 18, was named Runshaw College's Young Apprentice of the Year at a special event held in the grounds of St Catherine's Hospice.
Jack Walker, 18, was named Runshaw College's Young Apprentice of the Year at a special event held in the grounds of St Catherine's Hospice.
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An apprentice from Leyland is celebrating after scooping a top award.

Jack Walker, 18, who works for South Ribble council, was named Runshaw College’s Young Apprentice of the Year at a special event held in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice.

The level four business administration student is one of 10 new apprentices to be hired by the council as part of a new scheme. They all get the chance to ‘earn while they learn’ while working towards a professional qualification at the renowned Leyland college.

Jack fought off stiff competition to bag the top prize on the night – walking away with an impressive glass trophy.

The former St Mary’s Catholic High School student said: “I was really surprised to even be nominated in the first place so it was a complete shock to win on the night.

“I started the apprenticeship in September as I wanted to gain valuable work experience while studying at the same time.

“I have spent 12 weeks stints with different council departments learning skills that will be invaluable in the future. I feel proud to have won this award.”

Jack was nominated after proving to be a shining star as an apprentice. He was described as taking to his role ‘like a duck to water.’

South Ribble Council leader Margaret Smith said: “Jack is a very diligent and extremely keen young man. He is competent, quick to learn and shows exceptional effort in everything he does.

“All of the council’s values of excellence, integrity, positive attitude and team work are found in abundance in Jack.”

Adrian Roscoe, business centre manager at Runshaw College, said: “This has been an