Student of the Year winner 2016 - Kyle Peebles
We began an apprenticeship scheme at NEAS in 2012. Since then, we have trained 55 apprentices and our winning student of the year is former apprentice, Kyle Peebles.
The 20-year-old, from Gateshead, Kyle joined the Trust’s Patient Transport Service in April 2015, supporting patients to and from pre-planned hospital appointments.
Having started as an apprentice, within just 10 short months, Kyle’s passion for patients and strong work ethic meant he was the first apprentice to impress the Trust so much that he was offered the position even before he completed his apprenticeship.
This year alone, Kyle has been recognised at a regional heat of the National Apprenticeship Awards and has also been appointed recently as the Trust’s youngest ever staff governor. ‘Everyone who meets Kyle Peebles loves him,’ and ‘He’s made us all realize how amazing our job is,’ are just two of the reasons people explain why they were nominating Kyle as our student of the year.
A manager at Gateshead station says that ‘from the offset, everybody commented to on about how good Kyle was - he was an absolute natural with our patients, especially dementia patients, which struck me as quite unusual for someone of his age. He even did an impromptu carol service for a day centre, playing Christmas carols on the piano. He’s naturally gifted, funny and just a generally nice young lad.” N
ow a mentor for others and passing on his valuable approach to the job, one of the people he now supports is already reaping the rewards of being under Kyle’s wing and in their nomination wrote ‘Thank you for choosing him to be my mentor!’.