AN ABERGELE man with dyslexia was among the big winners at a prestigious awards ceremony

Andrew Bennett has beaten competition from companies across Wales to be clinch the title of 2019 Foundation Learner of the Year at the third Cambrian Training Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards held at the International Pavilion on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

The 50-year-old’s entry to Bryson Recycling in Abergele was through community service following a dangerous driving conviction in 2016, but he impressed the company enough to eventually land a job and through a Sustainable Recycling Apprenticeship and has since become an acting site supervisor.

Mr Bennett said: “This award shows what can be achieved through hard work,” said Andrew, who is also dyslexic but has raised his Maths and English level to a GCSE grade C. “I have really enjoyed my learning programme which has undoubtedly helped me to rise to my current position.

"I guess you are never too old to learn.”

Winners of each category will have the chance to be put forward for the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which are jointly organised by the National Training Federation for Wales and the Welsh Government, later this year.