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National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 Winners Announced

National Apprenticeships Awards 2016

The National Apprenticeship Awards are in their 13th year and is an occasional where outstanding apprentices and apprentice employers are celebrated – so, who are the winners?

This year’s winning apprentices are:

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year – Charlotte Blowers

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Charlotte Blowers – National Apprenticeship Awards winner

Charlotte is a full-time stylist at the Exceed Salon after she began her intermediate level hairdressing apprenticeship in September 2013 at Exceed Training Academy based in Bradford:

  • As well as her role as a full-time stylist, she now also trains a group of 20 apprentices herself at the Exceed Training Academy and is passionate about passing on her knowledge and skills to the next generation.
  • Charlotte also goes into schools and attend careers days to promote the apprenticeship route as part of the Bradford Apprenticeship Hub.

Advanced Apprentice of the Year – Adam Sharpe

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Adam Sharp – National Apprenticeship Awards winner

Adam works as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Sellafield, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site:

  • Adam moved 150 miles across the country and left home for the first time when he was offered his first choice of apprenticeship in mechanical design at Sellafield at just 18
  • His goal is to study for a BA and Masters in mechanical engineering and become a chartered engineer – one day he’d like to be Sellafield’s chief mechanical engineer

Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year – Holly Broadhurst

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Holly Broadhurst – National Apprenticeship Awards winner

Holly enrolled at the JCB Academy to do her A levels where her careers adviser informed her about the company’s higher apprenticeship programme and she hasn’t looked back since:

  • She is now a Design Engineer at JCB after completing her higher apprenticeship
  • Holly has achieved a BEng hons degree in Mechanical Engineering (sponsored by her employer) and is on track to gain her chartership in the next few years
  • Holly has experienced a number of female role models in her career and is keen to encourage other women into engineering

Who are the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 winning apprentice employers?

There are six employer categories ranging from small employer to macro and also two newcomer awards and the winners are:

  • Unilever Small Employer of the Year: Ebsford Environmental Ltd
  • British Gas Medium Employer of the Year: Troup Bywaters + Anders
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: Mercedes-Benz UK
  • EON Award for Macro Employer of the Year: Mitie Group Plc
  • Santander Award for Newcomer SME of the Year: Craggs Energy Ltd
  • Rolls-Royce Award for Newcomer Large Employer of the Year: Bond Dickinson LLP

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The Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2016

Click on the company name to find out more about them and the apprenticeship opportunities that they offer.


Canal Engineering Ltd Derry Building Services Mercedes-Benz UK Childbase Partnership
Whitbread Travis Perkins PLC APTCOO – A Place To Call Our Own Suffolk Canine Creche
Reed Autos Ltd Metalcraft Maycast-Nokes Precision Engineering Ltd Rose Builders Ltd
TrAC Ltd John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Ltd e2v Greene King
Ford Motor Company Proteus Waterproofing Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd AVEVA Solutions Ltd
Integrated Payment Solutions Troup Bywaters + Anders DHL International (UK) Limited Southwark Council
Arup BT plc ElliotLee Haymarket Media Group
Theo Paphitis Retail Group Pickfords Move Management Limited Blu Sky Tax Nifco UK Limited
Sage Hays Travel Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Great Annual Savings Group
River Canal Rescue Onefile Ltd Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited Cartwright Group
Barclays Busy Bees Childcare Ltd The Co-operative Group RealityMine
Softcat Denise Thomas Hair Salon and Barber Shop Silentnight Brands WEC Group Ltd
Unilever Sellafield Sites Ltd BAE Systems Plc Jobs, Friends & Houses CIC
Invotra Limited Resource Productions URT Group Ltd Benchmark
Nielsen arvato UK & Ireland DAF Trucks Limited AWE PLC
IBM UK Limited British Army Virgin Media Capgemini
Siemens Plc Andreas Stihl Ltd Your Service Centre – Skybreak Napier Partnership Limited
CentraHeat Heating & Plumbing Ltd PME Power Systems Group Ltd Kiddi Caru Superior Seals Ltd
Brookside Academy Eden Project Plymouth City Council GKN Aerospace, Filton
Mears Ltd J.P. Morgan Royal Air Force Mitie Group Plc
Bond Dickinson LLP Green Lighting Ltd ISO Quality Services Ltd The Community Housing Group
Redrow Homes Ltd Volvo Trucks UK and Eire Interserve Severn Trent Water
Warwickshire County Council HMRC Surge and Rapid Response team eTech Solutions Ltd Ebsford Environmental Ltd
Genix Healthcare Ltd Michael and Margaret Naylor and Associates Nexus Vehicle Management Yorkshire Housing
Portakabin Ltd Asda Stores Ltd Lloyds Banking Group Craggs Energy Ltd


Sue Husband, director National Apprenticeship Service had this to say of the awards,

The National Apprenticeship Awards have highlighted once again the magnificent range of apprenticeships on offer – with leading employers in exciting industries – and the skills that apprentices gain when taking on these roles.

“Every year this event gets bigger and better, bringing to the forefront of our minds the importance of apprenticeships to local, regional and national economies. Apprenticeships are for everyone and I personally thank each and every employer and apprentice here tonight, for their commitment to apprenticeships.”



About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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