National Apprenticeship Week

Talented apprentices from across the region celebrated at annual awards ceremony

 

  • The awards, part of the Colleges activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March 2019), recognised the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region.
  • This year’s awards were sponsored by local employers, who have seen their own apprentices grow and develop within their organisations; AO, SP Energy Network and South Cheshire Chamber.
  • Keynote speakers for the awards were Andrew Barton, Managing Director at Brownlow Furniture and current apprentice, Nathan Richards, Vauxhall Motors. Both gave insightful talks about the importance and benefits of apprenticeships.

 

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 (4-8 March 2019), recognised the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region.

More than 150 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 have seen their own apprentices grow and develop within their organisations; AO, SP Energy Network and South Cheshire Chamber.

Ewen MacRury, 25, from Middlewich, who is completing an Engineering BSc (Hons) Apprenticeship at Bentley Motors and won Degree Apprentice of the Year, said: ‘’My apprenticeship has been fantastic. I love being able to seek new challenges, whilst gaining invaluable experience.

‘’It’s a privilege being able to work for Bentley and I am honoured to have won this award.’’

Mellissa Kermode, 21, from Ellesmere Port, an apprentice for West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, won Apprentice in Sales, Marketing and Creative Industries.

Melissa commented: ‘’My apprenticeship has given me the skills and qualifications needed to further my career. With the support from colleagues, I have been able to quickly progress and take on more responsibilities to ensure I can reach my career goals of being a Marketing Manager.

‘’I have loved studying as part of an apprenticeship and would urge anyone looking to earn whilst gaining relevant qualifications to explore what apprenticeship opportunities are available to them.’’

Mason Andrews, 24, from Buckley, employed by Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, was named Apprentice Ambassador of the Year at last night’s event. Mason said: ‘’I have loved every moment of my apprenticeship and with support from the College, I have been able to progress quickly through various levels. I am now exploring what management opportunities are available to me.

‘’I am always keen to learn new skills, so being given the opportunity to gain my qualifications whilst getting hands on experience has been extremely influential in my development.

‘’My apprenticeship has also provided me with wider opportunities, outside of my core programme. On several occasions, I have been out into the community, to represent the College and Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, talking about the benefits of apprenticeships and the importance of maths and English in the industry.’’

Mason has won various other awards for his outstanding achievements, including CITB Inspirational Apprentice of the Year 2018 and Advanced Apprenticeship in Bricklaying (Trowel Occupation).

Other awards on the evening included Apprentice in Energy and Environment, Apprentice in Management and Award for Outstanding Progress.

Cheshire College – South & West have more than 1000 apprentices and works with a range of SMEs to large national employers.

Keynote speakers for the awards were Andrew Barton, Managing Director at Brownlow Furniture and current apprentice, Nathan Richards, Vauxhall Motors. Both gave insightful talks about the importance and benefits of apprenticeships.

During the day, the College celebrated their internal apprentices by holding an Apprentice Development Workshop. The workshop started with a networking lunch, where attendees were able to share their apprenticeship stories, followed by a range of team building exercises, which focused on the importance of behaviour and positive mindset.

Aaron Preston, Learning Resources Centre Assistant Apprentice at the College, commented: ‘’The workshop was great! Maria Davison, Director of Business Development and Apprenticeships, and the team made it engaging and fun and their creative approach meant we learnt new skills in a different way.

‘’It has definitely improved my confidence and I feel inspired to go out and make the most of the opportunities presented to me as part of my apprenticeship.’’

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive, said: ‘’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.’’

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.

#SwipeRightNight – Top apprentices to be celebrated at annual awards ceremony

Our annual Apprenticeship Awards will be taking place at the Ellesmere Port Campus on the evening of Tuesday 5 March.

This annual ceremony celebrates and showcases the achievements of our Apprentices who have exceeded expectations and made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

With more than 1000 apprentices, Cheshire College – South & West has become one of the most popular apprenticeship providers in Cheshire.

Now in the twelfth year, the awards are bigger and better than ever before. More than 150 guests are set to attend the event, with 34 awards up for grabs, including notable awards such as Degree Apprentice and STEAM Apprentice of the Year, alongside prizes for specific industry sectors.

The awards pay tribute to apprentices most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from others and proving them worthy of recognition.

We are honoured to be welcoming Andrew Barton as our guest speaker. Andrew is the Managing Director at Brownlow Furniture, a bespoke furniture manufacturer based in Great Barrow, Chester. Andrew is a keen advocate of Apprenticeships and believes Apprentices provide the energy and heart beat that drives his business forward.

The awards also provide an opportunity to say thank you to colleagues and employers involved in the delivery of the Colleges apprenticeship provision, an area of the College that continues to go from strength to strength.

Maria Davison, Director of Business Development and Apprenticeships, commented: ‘’Our Awards evenings are a great opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our apprentices.

‘’We are immensely proud of the high-quality Apprenticeship programmes that we deliver, that make a valuable contribution to both our Apprentices’ careers and the employers we work with.’’

The event is sponsored by local employers, who have seen their own apprentices grow and develop within their organisations; AO, SP Energy Network and South Cheshire Chamber.

To acknowledge the excellent achievements of our internal apprentices we are holding an Apprentice Development Workshop, in conjunction with the Awards Evening. The day will start with a networking lunch, followed by a range of team building activities.

Talented Apprentices recognised at awards ceremony

The achievements of dozens of Apprentices from across the country were celebrated at Cheshire College – South & West’s Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony this week.

The awards, part of the College’s activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March 2018), recognised the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region.

More than 100 guests attended the event at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus, including the High Sheriff of Cheshire and the Mayor of Ellesmere Port, with more than 25 awards presented on the night.

Matthew Williams, 25, from Crewe, who is completing a Mechatronic Apprenticeship at Bentley Motors and won the Apprentice of the Year for Automotive Engineering, said: “Before I started my Apprenticeship with Bentley last year, I was in the Royal Engineers and travelled all over the world. Coming home and securing an Apprenticeship with Bentley is a dream come true.

“As I’m in my first year of my Apprenticeship, I spend four-days a week at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus developing my skills and knowledge and then one-day a week at the Bentley plant. I feel privileged to work for such an iconic company and delighted to win this award tonight.”

Kyle Walker, 20, who won Apprentice of the Year for Facilities and is completing an Apprenticeship at King’s School in Chester, said: “I went to university for a year but I didn’t really enjoy it so I decided to look into an Apprenticeship instead.

“I was attracted to this Apprenticeship because of the reputation of the school. The Apprenticeship is great – I’m involved with general maintenance across the school both indoors and outdoors. I particularly enjoy working outdoors maintaining the sports facilities which includes three cricket pitches and 12 football pitches. It was a real surprise and a honour to receive this award.”

Hannah Easdown, 19, an Apprentice at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port won Higher Apprentice of the Year, said: “I’m completing an Apprenticeship in Process Engineering. We spend four days a week at the Vauxhall plant and one-day at the College’s Chester Campus. I’ve always been the type of person that wants to understand how and why something works – so engineering seemed like a natural career choice for me. To win this award is amazing and it’s given me a huge confidence boost.”

Cheshire College – South & West has more than 1300 Apprentices and works with a range of SMEs to large national employers including Unilever, Bentley, National Grid, AO.com, Vauxhall and Scottish Power. Winners on the evening included Apprentices from across the country.

Speaking at the awards included keynote speakers Gary Calveley, Senior Vice President of Ecolab and current Apprentice Rebecca Lawes, 20, from Northwich who is completing an Apprenticeship with online retailer AO.com in Crewe.

Cheshire College – South & West’s Principal and Chief Executive Dhesi said: “Apprenticeships create opportunities for young people where they can develop their skills, earn qualifications and build a career. We have seen both young people and their employers rise to the top of their industries thanks to high-quality, effective and industry-leading traineeships and Apprenticeships.

“We are extremely proud of all our Apprentices and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to award those that have shown outstanding dedication and commitment.”

To find out more about becoming an Apprentice call 01244 656455 / 01270 654654 or visit ccswdev.wpengine.com. If you are interested in benefiting from having an Apprentice at your business, call the Employer hotline on 01244 656499.

 

College helps hundreds of young people secure Apprenticeships

Young people across Cheshire, who are currently looking for an Apprenticeship, are being encouraged to join Cheshire College – South & West’s unique Talent Pool service.

Since the Talent Pool was launched over four years ago, it has helped hundreds of young people secure Apprenticeships; with 98% of those going on to permanent employment.

Gail Walsh, Apprenticeship Co-ordinator at Cheshire College – South & West, explains: “The Talent Pool is an Apprenticeship matching service between young people and employers.

“We work with more than 800 local and national employers so our Talent Pool members have access to Apprenticeship vacancies as soon as they appear.”

The Talent Pool team provide tailored support for candidates throughout the Apprenticeship application process. Gail adds: “Our expert team are here to help you to get an Apprenticeship and start your new career. Our goal is to match you with an Apprenticeship and employer that suits you. Whether you are ready to apply straight away or need support with interview skills, CV writing or confidence building we are here to help.”

Sophie O’Connor, 20, from Ellesmere Port, who is currently on the Talent Pool, said: “I really enjoyed studying Level 4 HNC in Performing Arts here at College as it gave me the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills of the business side of theatre, events and production. I’m now looking for a Business Administration Apprenticeship. The Talent Pool has been a great – I’ve already secured a 12-week traineeship and have two interviews in the pipeline.”

One employer who recently used the Talent Pool service was NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), based at Countess of Chester Hospital.  Chris Stenhouse, Client IT Services Delivery Lead, said: “The Apprenticeship team at the College were very helpful. Within the first couple of weeks we were sent 12 CVs from the Talent Pool. It was refreshing to have a good volume of candidates, all with a variety of skills, to consider for interviews and then potentially recruit as an Apprentice.”

Rebecca Norman, 18, from Ellesmere Port, who has secured the Apprenticeship role at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, said: “Thanks to the Talent Pool service I had already completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in IT and I’m delighted to now progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship. When I joined the Talent Pool over a year ago the team helped me focus on my key skills and helped me prepare for interviews. They certainly gave me the first step in my career.”

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March 2018), Cheshire College – South & West, will also host its annual Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 6 March 6-8pm at its Ellesmere Port Campus. With more than 150 guests expected to attend, the Awards will celebrate the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region.

Cheshire College – South & West has more than 1300 Apprentices and works with a range of SMEs to large national employers including Unilever, Bentley, National Grid, AO.com, Vauxhall and Scottish Power.

Apprentices to be celebrated at awards ceremony

The achievements of dozens of Apprentices will be celebrated at Cheshire College – South & West’s Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 6 March.                          

The awards, part of the College’s activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March 2018), recognises the outstanding performance and results achieved by Apprentices from across the region.

More than 150 guests are set to attend the event at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus with more than 25 awards presented on the night. 

Sharing her experience at the awards, will be current Apprentice Rebecca Lawes, 20, from Northwich. Rebecca, who is completing an Apprenticeship with online retailer AO.com in Crewe, said: “I started my Apprenticeship with AO.com last August.

“I’m really enjoying my Apprenticeship. I’ve already learnt so much. It’s a rotational Apprenticeship so I get the chance to work in 14 different departments during the course of my time here. I would love to continue at AO.com once I finish and progress eventually into a managerial role.

“I’m looking forward to the Awards and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to share my experience.”

The awards pay tribute to those Apprentices most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from others and proving them worthy of recognition. 

Amongst the award categories are, Award for Exceptional Enterprise and Innovation, Exceptional Contribution and Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year, as well as various awards within specific industry sectors.

Cheshire College – South & West’s Director of Business Development and Apprenticeships, Maria Davison said: “We are extremely proud of the high quality Apprenticeship programmes that we deliver that make a valuable contribution to both our Apprentices’ careers and the employers we work with.”