Dearham, 20, beat off competition from 130 other apprentices across the country within Toyota’s training academy.
Now in the final year of his four year apprenticeship with Hodgson Toyota, Michael is guaranteed a full-time job with the North-East’s independent car dealer on completion of his training.
Dearham was awarded with a plaque, an iPod and additional electronic accessories. Still stunned by his own triumph, he said: “I was genuinely shocked when my name was announced. I thought one of the lads back in the workshop had managed to somehow play a prank on me by sneaking my name into the envelope!
“I’m delighted with the award and it’s a reflection on my team and my ongoing training as much as me. I hope I can now build on this success and continue to progress my career with Hodgson.”
Toyota's Apprentice of the Year, Michael Dearham.