A retail assistant has become the first young person from Bicester Village to win an accolade the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Kaine Parker, 21, won a Highly Commended Award in the Thames Valley finals of the awards scheme.
The event, at Reading’s Madejsky Stadium, was hosted by Sir John Madejsky OBE and representatives of the National Apprenticeship Service.
Mr Parker beat more than 1,600 entrants to be one of three Intermediate Category finalists.
He is one of 10 young people taking part in the Bicester Village Apprenticeship Programme, now in its third year.
Mr Parker said: “I feel extremely proud of myself for 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. The support from my manager and Bicester Village has been exceptional.”
Other Oxfordshire winners were Culham-based apprentice Lydia Feasey and DAF Trucks from Thame.