Accolade for car mad Cath

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A motor vehicle apprentice from Belper has been given a top award in recognition of her work to raise the profile of the industry among young women.

Catherine Treanor, 19, who is an apprentice at Station Garage in Belper has given presentations to school pupils and as part of International Women’s Day.

She also recently raised the profile of young British females in her trade when she embarked on a trip to Germany where she spent two weeks working for a VQ Audi dealership in Gera as part of a work exchange programme .

Following the trip, her efforts have been rewarded at the tenth annual Peak Awards event, held by Derby College, which she attends as a day release student.

The awards were organised as the climax of the annual college’s festival to showcase the talents of students across all campuses.

Talking about the Germany trip, Catherine said: “It was an amazing experience and has definitely given me a taste for working abroad.

“I was really honoured to be chosen for this exchange and took this opportunity very seriously – working hard to learn as much German as I could and getting the most out of the whole experience.”

Catherine was chosen for the exchange by staff at the college because of her work ethic and willingness to learn German.

She won the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category at the awards and was presented with her prize by Graham Schumacher from award sponsors Rolls-Royce plc.

More than 70 students and staff were presented with awards at the glittering ceremony at The Roundhouse vocational campus.

Winners ranged from A level and full time vocational students to apprentices, mature students and company employees who have completed qualifications in the workplace.

Teaching staff who have made a special contribution to college life were also recognised.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino told the audience of staff, students, their family and friends and businesses who sponsored individual awards that the Peak Awards were always a special celebration of achievement.

She said: “I am so moved every year to hear about the success that our students have achieved, often against the odds. This is a wonderful opportunity to applaud those successes and offer encouragement for them all to go on and achieve even greater things in the future.”