An apprentice from Erith has won a prestigious national award out of over 200 other entrants.

Daniel Appleby, 20, won Ford's annual Apprentice Technician of the Year Award, beating 220 of his peers and five other finalists.

Daniel won the award which is given to the apprentice who best demonstrates excellent skills, determination and a willingness to learn.

The proud winner said: “When I began my apprenticeship with TrustFord, my first goal was to do myself and my parents proud. I quickly found my feet in the workshop, especially when I was partnered with my mentor. As I started to complete the course work, progress with my apprenticeship and at the Henry Ford Academy, my confidence grew.

“When I found out I was nominated for the ’First Year Apprentice of the Year’ award, I was delighted as I knew this would fulfil my first goal. Winning the award was an amazing moment. Knowing that my effort and hard work was truly being recognised, and knowing I’d made my mentor and my Company proud, made receiving the award a truly great moment”.

The hard worker is currently undertaking the first year of his apprenticeship in the Eltham branch of TrustFord.

He was given his award by James Kesterton, operations manager from Skillnet, one of the countries largest apprenticeships providers.

In addition to a certificate and trophy, Daniel also received a Ford watch, an RS baseball cap and a £300 toolkit voucher to help support his career as a technician.

Sharon Ashcroft, HR Director, TrustFord said: “The TrustFord technician apprentice scheme is an integral part of our business, as it allows us to continuously train the next generation of talent and bring new skills into the business.

“I am delighted that Daniel’s achievements have been recognised by this award win. I am confident Daniel has a bright future ahead of him with TrustFord!”