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Winners from the 2017 Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony.

The picturesque surroundings of Yorkshire Sculpture Park formed the backdrop for Wakefield College’s annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony this week. Senior College staff were joined by local business leaders and local dignitaries to celebrate the success of apprentices and employers at the glittering awards evening. 

The annual ceremony kicked off a week of activities at Wakefield College to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week, recognising those who have shown hard work and commitment, both in their College work and in their workplace. Businesses that provide apprentices with exceptional support and mentoring were also acknowledged at the ceremony.

The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield Metropolitan District, Councillor Harry Ellis and Mrs Janet Ellis, families, Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright, and nominees in both ‘Employer’ and 'Apprentice’ categories.

This year’s winners included:

Level 2 Apprentice of the Year (16 – 18)
Sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners
Winner Jennifer Thorne

Small Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Northern Regeneration
Winner Shawfold Garage 

Level 3 Apprentice of the Year (19+)
Sponsored by GMI Construction Group plc
Winner Caitlin Simper

New Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Engie
Winner Minsthorpe Community College 

Wakefield College Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Wakefield College
Winner Emma Threthewey

Level 3 Apprentice of the Year (16 – 18)
Sponsored by University Centre at Wakefield College
Winner Abigail Blogg

Large Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Wakefield Council
Advanced Diesel Engineering Limited

Higher Apprentice of the Year (19+)
Sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence
Constanta Tepes

Level 2 Apprentice of the Year (19+)
Sponsored by Bardsley Construction Limited
Winner Cally Ruddick-Conway 

The winner of the Level 2 Apprentice of the Year, Cally Ruddick-Conway was described as ‘someone who always shows tremendous determination and commitment when completing her apprenticeship.’ Cally received excellent feedback from her manager and was praised for her attitude and hard work which has resulted in her securing a permanent position with Huddersfield NHS Trust following the completion of her apprenticeship. 

Executive Director for Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships, Joanne Taylor said. “Our second annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony was another successful event and the perfect opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution apprentices and employers are making to the local economy.”  


CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 8 March, 2017

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