1:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013
A BICESTER shop worker beat hundreds of his peers to reach the final three in the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Kaine Parker, 21, a retail assistant at Bicester Village, beat 1,600 other applicants to reach the final three in the 2013 awards.
He was given a highly commended award and trophy at a black tie dinner at Reading’s Madejski Stadium last week.
Mr Parker is one of 10 young people currently taking part in the Bicester Village Apprenticeship Programme, which is in its third year.
He said: “I feel extremely proud of getting into the top three of this apprenticeship award.
“It has given me the confidence and aspiration to work towards the next level and eventually a degree in retail, which I wasn’t aware was a possibility when I left school.”
Jane Soper, retail manager at Bicester Village, said: “Kaine’s achievement in such a prestigious award is truly outstanding.”
The awards were organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, and were open to apprentices across the country.
The service’s divisional apprenticeship director Mark Howard said: “Kaine is a shining example of how apprenticeships can allow employers to grow their own talent.”
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