The achievements of dozens of Apprentices from across the country were celebrated at Cheshire College – South & West’s Apprenticeship Awards ceremony last night.
The awards, part of the Colleges activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February 2020), recognised the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region.
More than 180 guests gathered at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus, with more than 30 awards being presented on the evening.
The event was sponsored by local employers, who are passionate about the impact Apprentices can have within an organisation and are working closely with the College to educate the next generation; Bentley Motors, Encirc, Brunning and Price, AO, Higher Horizons, Unipart Rail, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce and the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.
Jordan Roberts, Ellesmere Port, started her journey with the College within the Hair and Beauty Department, on day release from school at the age of 14. Jordan quickly began to excel and always went the extra mile to enhance her skills and knowledge. Now at the age of 22, Jordan has recently opened her own salon and has an ever-growing client base.
Jordan was awarded the Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year Award for her commitment to representing Apprenticeships.
Jordan said: “I loved every moment of my Apprenticeship. It allowed me to develop my creativity and seek new challenges. I am really honoured to have won this award.”
Danny Milton, 21, Wrexham, an Apprentice at the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, won the Apprentice in Sales, Marketing and Creative Industries Award.
Danny commented: “My Apprenticeship has been fantastic. I have gained invaluable experiences, which have given me the skills needed to further my career, alongside gaining my qualification.
“I love working as part of a team and the support from colleagues has allowed me to develop in various areas. I would urge anyone exploring their options to consider an Apprenticeship.”
Carmalita Hardman, 58, St Helens, employed by Making Space, was named the Care Apprentice of the Year. Carmalita commented: “A few years ago, my mum was ill, and I left work to become her carer. I didn’t want to return to my old line of work after that and a friend suggested I give care work a try.
“I loved it right from the start and really feel I make a difference. My favourite part is encouraging the people I care for to get out and about and enjoy themselves.”
“Being able to learn new skills, getting hands on experience and earning, all whilst gaining a qualification is brilliant.”
Other awards on the evening included Degree Apprentice of the Year, Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacturing, and STEAM Apprentice of the Year.
Cheshire College – South & West have more than 1600 Apprentices and works with a range of SMEs to large national employers.
Keynote speaker was Lee Wright, Talent and OD Specialist at Encirc. Lee gave an insightful talk about the importance and benefits of Apprenticeships, highlighting the breadth of industries and roles available, as well as the talent and energy Apprentices bring into the workplace.
Karen Roberts, Assistant Principal Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement, at the College, commented: ‘’Apprenticeships create opportunities for young people, enabling them to develop skills, earn qualifications and build a career.
‘’We get to see Apprentices rise to the top of their industries with leading organisations, thanks to the outstanding traineeships and Apprenticeships.
‘’The awards provide us with an opportunity to celebrate success, alongside thanking families, employers and stakeholders who have been incredibly supportive and critical to the Apprentice’s success.
‘’We are extremely proud of all our Apprentices and wish them the best of luck as they progress in their career.’’
Learners from across various curriculum areas at the Colleges Ellesmere Port Campus supported the event. Hospitality and Catering learners prepared and served a delicious two-course meal to guests with support from Chef Brian Mellor of Harthill Cookery School and Technical Theatre learners managed the events logistics and technology.
Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be celebrating at our Apprenticeship Awards for the thirteenth year.
“We are seeing more and more learners and their parents seeing Apprenticeships as a route into sustainable employment as well as an alternative route into Higher Education.
“We are extremely proud of our Apprenticeship programmes. We work in partnership with employers to deliver high quality and relevant training for a diverse range of industry sectors.
“Our award winners are recognised for exceeding expectations, making significant contributions to their workplace and demonstrating outstanding levels of achievement. They really are the cream of the crop and have incredibly bright futures ahead. Congratulations!”
To find out more about being an Apprentice, call 01244 656555 / 01270 654654 or visit ccsw.ac.uk. If you are an employer, interested from benefiting from an Apprentice, call our employer hotline on 01244 656499.