Finalists unveiled for Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2021

The Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards have returned in 2021 with a new set of finalists confirmed.

After the absence of the awards last year due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, this year’s awards received a large amount of nominations across the 6 categories, including entries for the new Apprentice Resilience Award. This award is designed to recognise the achievements of  an apprentice who has shown great spirit of character and resilience in the face of 2020, both professionally and personally, and rose to the challenges created by the pandemic.

The awards this year will run in a new format, recognising the challenges and concerns around COVID-19. For the first time ever, the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards will be broadcast virtually across three days. This means that anyone can watch along with the awards.

This new format means that the awards will now take place over three days in November with each day focusing on a different set of the awards, beginning with the apprentice awards, followed by the employer awards and culminating in the overall awards of Worcestershire Apprentice and Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, as well as featuring the new Apprentice Resilience award.

As well as covering the achievements and successes of the finalists, the three award broadcasts will feature an update on the impact and challenges for Apprenticeships in the county, and what the Worcestershire LEP and partners across the county are doing to support Apprenticeships in the future.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate everyone who has been named as a finalist for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. The last year has created challenges for everyone and being able to bring the awards back is great news to help recognise the work that goes on to make Apprenticeships a success.

I am also pleased that we have a new award this year which recognises an apprentice who has gone above and beyond during this challenging period. We’ve seen many stories throughout the pandemic of people inspiring their communities and through these awards we hope to shine a light on apprentices who have also demonstrated great resilience in the face of these challenges.”

Cllr Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economy and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, added: Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. Even with the impact of COVID-19, Apprenticeships still play a huge part in developing our future workforce in Worcestershire and I am looking forward to recognising the achievements of the very best apprentices and employers we have in the county.

For more information on this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards, and for guidance around becoming or taking on an apprentice, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website,
Awards Finalists 2021

Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year 

  • Ben Sheehan  – Sanctuary Group 
  • Kate Hawker – Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care Trust

Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year

  • Eleanor Steel – Platform Housing
  • Hannah Giles – Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Higher Level Apprentice of the Year 

  • Jonathon Davey – Kanes Foods
  • Matty James – NHS

Apprentice Resilience  Award

  • Abby Ware – Herefordshire & Worcestershire NHS Trust
  • Chloe Harris Herefordshire & Worcestershire NHS Trust

SME Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

  • Airband 
  • Olpro

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year 

  • Bishop Fleming  
  • Platform Housing

Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year
The Apprentice of the Year will be decided from winners of the Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprentice awards.

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
The Apprenticeship Employer of the Year will be decided from winners of the SME and Large Employer awards.