AN UPPER Gornal apprentice mechanic is well on the road to success after being recognised nationally for her hard work and dedication.

Kayleigh Fisher, is an apprentice with Dudley Council’s greencare team and was honoured as a finalist in the national Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Apprentice of the Year awards.

The 26 year-old was just one of five young people from across the country to receive the award at a ceremony in Nottingham, along with a glass trophy and £50.

She was also given a trip to a manufacturing plant in Germany to see how the machines she services and repairs are made.

Kayleigh, who has worked for Dudley Council since June 2011, repairs and maintains machinery used in borough parks and open land.

Speaking about her award she said: “I love doing what I do and I feel proud to have been recognised.

“I’ve been lucky to be able to develop skills and qualifications while I work which is something I’m keen to pursue.”

The council was also presented with an award recognising its support for Kayleigh and her development.

Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for transportation, said: “Kayleigh epitomises the hard work and dedication of our staff and I am delighted she has received recognition at national level.