Neil Cain Operations Director wins National Apprenticeship Award
Huge congratulations to Neil Cain, our Operations Director who was last night named the City & Guilds Apprentice Champion of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards at an exclusive ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House. This was one of the most coveted awards and Neil fought off competition from hundreds of other apprentices around England to be awarded the top prize.
The Awards, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
Neil was chosen as the winner in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to apprenticeships since starting as one in 1980 in the Sunderland Parks Department. He has always felt that his apprenticeship with The Parks Department has been the foundation for over 30 successful years in the horticulture industry. When speaking to our apprentices Neil always captures their imagination with stories of how he has progressed from being a Parks Apprentice to Operations Director with John O’Conner and how this has provided personal and professional fulfilment. He always takes time to point out that a university route is not the only option to exceptional careers, and young people should consider all options. Today apprenticeships are certainly for everyone, from the young to the more mature worker.
I am very proud of for what Neil has achieved and how he has supported young and old people throughout his career in the horticultural industry.