Young South Yorkshire workers took two out of the three top places at awards celebrating the best building services engineering apprentices in the county.
Christopher Bruney, from Aston, Rotherham, took the top prize at the ceremony at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, while Gareth Boughen, from Sheffield, was third.
Christopher completed his apprenticeship while working for Lilleker Bros Ltd in Rotherham, while Gareth is employed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Eleven finalists were selected from hundreds of apprentices from all over the region.
Christopher will now compete for the National Apprentice of the Year award at the Tower of London in February.
Training agency JTL’s chief executive Denis Hird said: “It’s not easy to complete a four-year apprenticeship – it’s a big commitment which involves a great deal of hard work.
“These finalists have all excelled at every stage of their training and we congratulate each one of them. I know our team in the region will now have their fingers and toes firmly crossed for Christopher’s recognition in the national final.”