Bernicia celebrates fifth year of Runway Programme with 12 new apprentices

Bernicia has recently appointed 12 new apprentices in the fifth year of its award winning apprenticeship programme.

Receiving more than 750 applications from candidates across the region, Bernicia held more than 400 interviews before placing the 12 successful applicants in a range of roles.

Based in both the Ashington and Kingston Park offices, the new appointees will work across all areas of the organisation. Lewis Yates and Sarah Boyle have joined the electrical department, Nick Riorden will be working in joinery, and Connor Price and Carlton Ladyman have joined the plumbing division.

Rayna Walton, Ieuan Allen, Caitlin Searle and Chloe Irving have joined the business administration team, Gary Lewis will be assisting the IT team, and Kirsty Armstrong and Steven Lucy have joined the finance team.

Pictured: Front row:  Andrea Malcolm, director of people and business support, and John Johnston, Deputy Group Chief Executive, with some of the new apprentices.

Andrea Malcolm, director of people and business support, said: “It’s fantastic to once again be taking on so many apprentices who I’m sure will be a credit to the business. The standard of applications was once again incredibly high and deciding who to appoint was extremely difficult. The new recruits should all be extremely proud of themselves.”

Three of the successful applicants had taken part in Bernicia’s Runway programme – an initiative offering opportunities for young people to develop the range of skills they need as they set off on their journey to successful employment.

Andrea continued: “We are committed to providing opportunities for young people and since the programme first began back in 2012, we have taken on a total of 39 apprentices – all of whom have successfully completed their apprenticeships with the majority going on to gain full time employment with Bernicia.

“Former apprentices are among staff who have recently completed higher level qualifications. Lauren Thoburn completed a foundation degree in housing, while Marc Bolam, Joe Gadsby and Alice Kennedy received HNCs in construction and built environment – with Alice also being named student of the year at Newcastle College.”


Pictured: Joe Gadsby, Lauren Thoburn & Alice Kennedy.

Since the programme began, Bernicia has been named a Top 100 Apprentice Employer, received the Princess Royal Training Award, been named City & Guild’s North East Apprentice Employer of the Year, and has twice held the title of Northumberland College Apprentice Employer of the Year.