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All the signs point to Dan

All the signs point to Dan

Twenty year old Dan Johnson’s decision to choose an apprenticeship over university has not only led to a full-time job that he loves, but has also won him the title of Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.

Dan, who lives in Guisborough, has won the Geoff Waterfield Memorial Trophy in Redcar& Cleveland Council’s Pride Awards and is the toast of his company Sign Art, based in the Innovation Centre at Redcar run by UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary.

Sign Art designs, produces and installs bespoke signs, vehicle graphics, banners, wall wraps and print for customers that include Siemens, Virgin, Tata Steel, EDF Energy and ElringKlinger AG, as well as colleges and hotels.

Commenting on Dan’s award, Elsa Weatherhead, Sign Art’s Finance Manager, said:  “We are all very proud of Dan and have been so impressed with the value he has added to our business.

We are seeing a growth market in vehicle wrapping and Dan’s apprenticeship has included training in wrapping, as well as sign making, fitting, working at heights and other aspects of the business.”

She added: “We believe that apprentices are very valuable to the business, the individual and to develop the skills base that the area needs.  We had no hesitation in asking Dan to become a full-time member of the team and we would like to take on another apprentice soon,”

Dan, who joined Sign Art in 2013 said:  “I have learnt so much and thoroughly enjoy my job. I definitely made the right career decision and winning the Trophy has been the icing on the cake and a fantastic surprise.”

Further information on UK Steel Enterprise’s premises and financial support for businesses can be found by contacting Tel: 01642 777 777 or at:

For further information on Sign Art Tel: 01642 777 997 or visit:

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