320 people attend Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019 final

A total of 320 people saw the winners announced at this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019 ceremony.

28 of the county’s best apprentices, apprenticeship employers, careers leads, schools and training providers were celebrated in a total of 12 categories at the Treetops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park on Thursday 14 November 2019. The winners of the awards categories were presented with personalised crystal glass trophies, which were sponsored by the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

The event ended with the announcement of the winners of the two overall awards. Phosters (FM) Ltd were named as the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak, and Thomas Smith from DRPG won the Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by Southco Manufacturing.

The audience were treated to an inspiring and entertaining ceremony thanks to the popular event host and former Paralympian Gold Medallist, Marc Woods.

Marc Woods, former Paralympian and host of the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019, said: “I would like to say congratulations to all of the finalists and winners at this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of such a positive event and Worcestershire can be immensely proud of the apprentices, employers, schools, training providers and careers leads who work tirelessly to make apprenticeships the success that they are.”

The event was organised by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, who launched the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards in 2014.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s always such a pleasure to be a part of the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. Not only is it a great chance to celebrate the successes of the county’s apprenticeships, it’s an opportunity to recognise the achievements of employers, training providers and participants such working together to inspire the future workforce in the county.”

Judy Chadwick, Skills and Investment Group Manager and Worcestershire LEP Director of Skills, added: “The Awards was another fantastic reflection of how apprenticeships are changing the lives of businesses and young people across the county. I know that there is so much support for apprenticeships in Worcestershire and people really recognise the value of being able to learn while in employment.”

For further information on the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2019, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk or use the hashtag #WorcsApprentice on Twitter.

 

Full list of winners:

School of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Children First

Pershore High School

Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by The Community Housing Group

Rachel Layton – Give As You Live

Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OGL Computer Ltd

Bethany Addis – Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd

Higher Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by University of Worcester

Thomas Smith – DRPG

Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Give As You Live

Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers Association

Phosters (FM) Ltd

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Amada UK Ltd

Open GI

Careers Lead of the Year – sponsored by Fortis Living

Claire Watson – Dyson Perrins

Apprenticeship Champion of the Year – sponsored by Fusion – Building Better Opportunities

Ben Hyde – Sanctuary Group

Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Sanctuary Group

WGTA

Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Southco Manufacturing UK Limited

Thomas Smith – DRPG

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd

Phosters (FM) Ltd

 

Pictured: Winners of the 2019 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards