66-year-old Halifax apprentice beats younger competition

David holbrook (centre) with Sue Price and sponsor Cliff Farrell of the Pearson Group
David holbrook (centre) with Sue Price and sponsor Cliff Farrell of the Pearson Group
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David Holbrook, a 66-year-old apprentice at B&Q Halifax, is proof that you are never too old to learn.

He has beaten younger competition to win the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the Yorkshire and Humber regional final.

B&Q has been running its 12-month apprenticeship programme since 2009 to equip its staff with the skills needed in their jobs and it is open to employees from age 18 to 70.

David will now go through to the next round of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.

“I have to thank my store for all the support they have given me; I really couldn’t have done it without that,” he said.

“It just goes to show that you’re never too old to embark on a new challenge.”

B&Q’s People Director Fraser Longden said by investing in the apprenticeship scheme the company was achieving its aim of having expert staff of all ages giving customers confidence they are being advised by knowledgeable staff.

Sue Price, Divisional Area Director for the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Apprenticeships and training are the lifeblood of the region’s economy, bringing many benefits to businesses and giving people the skills and qualifications they need to excel in their chosen careers.”

The National Training Awards recognise outstanding training programmes and the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding Apprenticeship employers and their apprentices.