Mr Ritchie, married with two grown-up children, gained an Outstanding Contribution Award from NEPIC in 2011 and a Special Achievement Award from the Chemical Industries Association in 2012 for TVAP
and his contribution to the training and development of young talent.
was created out of adversity - the need to find alternative apprenticeship positions for around 150 young people whose continued training and development were threatened by closure announcements by their sponsoring companies - Corus, Dow, Croda, Invista and others - in 2009.
2012 apprentice winners are: Apprentice of the Year - Daniel Hynes, 21, of Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.
says Teesside MPs Ian Swales, Tom Blenkinsop and Ian Wright have joined the battle to secure a further two years of funding - cash which would give the project time to become more self sustaining and allow it be broadened to create more apprenticeships sponsored by a wider range of employers.
During the last two years TVAP
has placed almost 300 apprentices with employers - double its target.
needs to continue to keep the flow of apprentice intake going."
chairman George Ritchie, senior vice president of Sembcorp Utilities at the Wilton International site on Teesside and a North-east regional ambassador for the Government's National Apprenticeship Service, said: "The scheme has been a massive success story for all the parties involved - the Government, employers and of course the young people who have been involved.
And during the week of celebration The National Skills Academy Process Industries celebrated the ongoing success of the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme ( TVAP
TTE apprentices also exhibited at the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme (TVAP
) event and took part in community activities.
The National Skills Academy Process Industries celebrated the ongoing success of the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme (TVAP
) as part of National Apprenticeship Week activities last week.
On Friday the National Skills Academy Process Industries celebrated the ongoing success of the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme (TVAP
) as part of National Apprenticeship Week activities.
If you are an employer and you would like to take part in the campaign or would like further information, call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk You can also read more about our campaign on our website at www.nebusiness.co.uk/apprenticeships * For more details on the TVAP
awards, see Wednesday's 100 Apprentices In 100 Days coverage in the Evening Gazette's Jobs supplement.