Cleveland Bridge has celebrated the achievements of a group of its apprentices who have completed nationally-recognised qualifications.

A group of 13 young people achieved NVQ Level 3 qualifications in a range of industry disciplines, they were presented their NVQ diplomas at an event held at the company’s Darlington headquarters, where it manufactures large steel bridges and structures.

Following in their footsteps will be a new intake of eight apprentices who begin their training with the company in September, supported by Hartlepool College and Darlington College.

In addition to operational apprenticeships in areas such as plating and welding, the new intake will include young people working towards programmes in procurement, business development and IT.

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “We set very high standards for our apprenticeship programmes, which have been met by our latest group of trainees.

“They fully deserve these qualifications, which, along with the practical experience they are gaining, will help them as they take the next step on their career paths with Cleveland Bridge.

“Apprentices are essential to the future development of the company and we are looking forward to welcoming our latest intake of young people in the autumn who will have the opportunity to gain skills and experience alongside our talented and dedicated workforce.”