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
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
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
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
If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, you might also like to read the following articles
The Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2016
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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.”