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.