IT WAS a story of a local boy done good in the Apprentice of the Year category.

Hatch Warren resident Calan Kenward picked up the gong as a result of the work he has been doing for Telford Road-based LG Motion.

Calan said: “It was really good to win the award, and I am very relieved, public speaking is not my thing! I’m proud to have been nominated and it feels great to win.

“My boss nominated me for the award, and I am really grateful for that. He has invested so much in me, and has really helped me on the way to do the best I can.”

His role at the company is to help machine test the products LG Motion produces.

There are big plans for the 22-year-old’s future, with visits abroad to head up projects.

Calan added: “My boss has put in charge of two projects starting soon. One will be in Dallas and starting in the New Year, with the other being in Amsterdam. This shows to me that I am really trusted in the company and it is great to be recognised for what I do in the company.”

He added: “I like it here in Basingstoke, after moving here years ago. It is a great place to do this job in.”

Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by the University of Winchester.

Winner: Calan Kenward (LG Motion)

Nominees: Lewis Hall (Pharmahouse), Emily Buckley (Rural Fringe)