The achievements and successes of apprentices were celebrated at Wiltshire College & University Centre’s annual Apprenticeship Awards.
More than 100 guests, a combination of winners, their families, employers and staff, attended the event hosted at the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge on Thursday 7th March, – during National Apprenticeship Week.
Individual awards were presented by South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison to 14 apprentices in areas such as Agriculture, Leadership and Management, Catering, Early Years, Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing and Health Care.
Awards were also presented on the evening to small and large apprentice employers of the year, the winners of which were Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshott, near Devizes and Wiltshire Council respectively.
Principal Amanda Burnside said: “I was delighted to welcome so many people to the Arc Theatre for a night of celebration and congratulate all our winners for their hard work and commitment to their apprenticeship programme."
The College was delighted to welcome a number of special guests including Trowbridge Mayor Cllr Dennis Drewett, Peter Wragg from the Local Enterprise Partnership, Nathalie Smith from Wiltshire Council and the College’s Chair of Governors, Martin Clark.
This year’s guest speaker was Mike Baller, the Apprenticeship Programme Manager at GoSkydive and a former College apprentice.
Mike said: “I was delighted to be asked to be guest speaker, having been through the journey myself and now as the apprenticeship manager supporting all new apprentices coming through the company.
“I had already explored a few different routes before I became an apprentice but if I’m honest I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
“When I saw the vacancy at GoSkydive I knew it was for me and it is the best decision I ever made.
“It was wonderful to be at this very awards ceremony last year as a winner in the Customer Service category and also to pick up the Medium Apprentice Employer of the Year award on behalf of the company and it is just fantastic to have been back again this year championing apprenticeships.
“It was a fantastic night.”
At the end of the evening a special award for Outstanding Apprentice of the Year was presented to one of the winner.
This year the award went to Christopher Brazier, who completed an HND apprenticeship in Engineering with Aecom, in Swindon.
Christopher had already achieved an A-Level in Electronics, a Level 3 BTEC in Engineering and AS Level in 3D Art and Design and impressed his work colleagues and assessor by being calm and focussed and not only completing his assignments but doing extra work too.
After completing his apprenticeship with a Distinction, he progressed onto a full-time design engineer with the Railway Electrification and Power team.
Speaking about winning two awards on the night, he said: “This is a big shock, but I am very pleased to have won!”
Wiltshire College & University Centre is currently working with more than 1500 apprentices in 37 industry sectors and has more than 700 employers ranging from small local businesses to multinational companies.
The winners of the 2018 Apprenticeship Awards went to:
Agriculture – Charlotte Clark
Accounting – Daniel Savage
Adult Social Care – Lauren Hull
Business Administration – Molly Yates
Catering – James Hunt
Customer Service – Ben Lisseman
Early Years – Eloise Langdown
Engineering – Tom Flower
Engineering (Higher Level) – Christopher Brazier
Hairdressing – Lucy Gibbons
Health Care – Amie Needham
Leadership & Management for Care Services (Higher Level) – Jayne Knight
Motor Vehicle – Robert Webb
Team Leading & Management – Michelle McIntyre
Small Employer of the Year – Townsend Barn Nursery
Large Employer of the Year – Wiltshire Council
Congratulations to all our winners!