Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

Some of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been announced as finalists at the Worcestershire Apprentice Awards 2015 and tables can now be booked.

Following impressive nominations across all 13 awards, this year’s finalists once again represent the hard work of apprentices and those who support Worcestershire’s young talent.

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015 will be hosted by well-known broadcaster, Steph McGovern, and promise to be even bigger and better than last year’s awards which were held for the first time in November 2014, hosted by BBC’s The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer.

Finalists for each award, businesses and guests will attend The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards at 6:30pm, on Thursday 12 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park where the winners in each category will be announced.

Spaces at the event are limited. Seats at the high-profile awards cost £80 and a table of 10 can be bought for £750.

Apprentice employers of finalists for each award get one free seat and apprentices in the running for an award get 2 free seats.

Gary Woodman, Executive Director of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We have had some excellent entries and congratulations to all of this year’s awards finalists. Last year’s Awards were highly popular with 360 people in attendance and this year we expect an even larger audience to join the celebrations. The County has seen a huge growth in apprenticeships since 2011, with over 10,000 people now participating in an apprenticeship programme and I would encourage others who are interested in employing an apprentice to visit the www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk website.”

Cllr Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: “The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards display the many excellent apprenticeship places available to local apprentices. We are looking forward to celebrating the huge contribution the County’s apprentices make to the workplace and I would like to encourage local residents and businesses to book seats or tables for the awards as soon as possible.”

For a full list of entries for this year’s awards and for more information on taking on an apprentice, visit www.worcsapprentices.org.uk. To book a table or secure your seat at the awards, email awardsbookings@worcestershire.gov.uk or phone Worcestershire Business Central on 0300 123 1440.

Awards Finalists 2015

School of the year sponsored by Worcestershire County Council

  • The Chase – Malvern
  • Hanley Castle – Malvern

Traineeship of the year sponsored by Vestia Community Trust, part of The Community Housing Group

  • Crayge Phillips– Car Refurb Centre Worcester
  • Paul Breakspear– OLPRODroitwich

Training Provider of the Year sponsored by Worcestershire Training Provider Association

  • WGTA – Worcester
  • Kidderminster College

Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors

  • Victoria Carpets – Kidderminster
  • Roundabout – Evesham

Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by AiB – Apprentices in Business

  • Dolphin Computer Access – Worcester
  • Borwell Ltd. – Malvern
  • Green Lighting – Worcester
  • Print Strategy – Droitwich

Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by eResponse Recruitment 

  • Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountant –  Droitwich
  • KinderKare Day Nurseries Ltd – Worcester

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Sanctuary Housing

  • CH2M – Worcester
  • The Community Housing Group – Kidderminster

Intermediate level apprentice of the year sponsored by Morgan Motor Company

  • Daniel Hopkins– Green LightingWorcester
  • Ross Huntley– OHMS Mowers LtdPershore

Advanced level apprentice of the year sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

  • Sam George– TBC DigitalKidderminster
  • Sam Collins– Worcester Bosch GroupWorcester

Higher level apprentice of the year sponsored by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

  • Laura Brown– CH2MWorcester
  • Victoria Rawlings – The Replacement ServiceWorcester

Apprentice Ambassador of the Year sponsored by CIPD Hereford and Worcester

  • Kim Cook – Worcestershire Training Provider Association Worcester
  • David Barnett– Yamazaki MazakWorcester

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the year sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak (UK) Ltd
The Apprentice Employer of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

Worcestershire Apprentice of the year sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group
The Apprentice of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.