Worcestershire’s Apprentice of the Year, Ben Hyde, encourages nominations for 2018 awards

Ben Hyde, winner of the Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year 2017, is encouraging local apprentices to enter this year’s awards.

Ben’s achievement at the 2017 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards has helped him to spread the valuable message of apprenticeships and the success that they can bring to fellow young people around the county. Ben is now encouraging others to enter the awards before nominations close on Friday 6 July.

Tables are on sale as well as sponsorship opportunities for the awards which will take place on 15 November 2018 at West Midland Safari Park. Last year, the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards attracted a record audience of 360 attendees and were hosted by Comedian and Radio 4 Star, Mark Watson. Hosts from previous Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards include Nick Hewer, Steph McGovern and Tim Campbell MBE.

A total of twelve awards will recognise some of the county’s most successful apprentices, schools, training providers and apprentice employers. These include:

Apprentice Awards

  • School of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Training Provider Association
  • Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year
  • Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Southco Manufacturing
  • Higher Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by University of Worcester
  • Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd

Employer Awards

  • Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
  • Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (< 50 employees) – sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
  • Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (> 50 employees) – sponsored by CP Foods UK Ltd
  • Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (> 250 employees) – sponsored by Amada UK
  • Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network
  • Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Sanctuary Group
  • Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Worcester Bosch


Once again, the two overall awards are being sponsored by Worcester Bosch for Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year and Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd for Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year.

Ben Hyde, Intermediate Apprentice and Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year 2017, said: “I have attended the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards in Bewdley now two years in a row. Both experiences were very enjoyable to be a part of and there is a real sense of positivity around the room. Recognising the different aspects of the apprenticeship programme is great, from training providers, apprentices and to the employers; I would recommend anyone to put their names forward for an award.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards are always a fantastic event for recognising the high-quality apprenticeship opportunities that are available within the county. I look forward to being able to celebrate the achievements that apprentices have made and I would urge any interested parties to enter the awards at the earliest opportunity.”

Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, added: “There is less than two weeks left to submit nominations for the 2018 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, and I would encourage everybody to get involved. The previous awards have been thoroughly enjoyable and I am certain that 2018 will top these awards as we recognise the many success stories with apprentices in the last 12 months. I look forward to yet another memorable event.”

 For more information about apprenticeships locally and to nominate for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards before the 6 July 2018 deadline, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk

To submit your nominations, enquiries for sponsorship opportunities and table bookings for the awards, please email awardsnominations@worcestershire.gov.uk

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Ben Hyde Worcestershire Apprentice of the year


Pictured: Ben Hyde (central) winning Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year 2017