Apprentices and their employers have been honoured at an awards ceremony at Stafford College this week.
The event was attended by members of the Skills Funding Agency and representatives from a wide range of local companies, in addition to more over 25 apprentices shared their proud achievements on the night with their families.
Beverley Smith, principal at Stafford College presented the awards, commenting: “The purpose of these awards is to recognise the commitment of the apprentices and employers alike. As a college we are constantly adapting to the needs of both businesses and apprentices in our ongoing resolve to contribute to the success of the local economy.”
The event was opened by compere Tom from Stafford FM, he said: “We are delighted to be involved with this important annual event to recognise the success of apprentices working in a wide range of roles for local companies and making a real difference.”
Bethany Mullock, age 20 of Stoke-on-Trent, was named the Inspirational Apprentice of 2015 in recognition of her achievements in her role at Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
The Star Award was given to acknowledge the working relationship between employer and apprentice and the importance of communication, flexibility and cooperation– the winners were announced as Adam Smith and Thomas Thomson of Perkins Bros Garage.
Tom Mitchell, from Rugeley, was named Apprentice of the Year for expressing exceptional motivation and use of initiative to contribute to the workplace in the early stages of his career at Ultra Electronics.
Terry Baggaley of Wincanton was presented with the award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year for his motivation, commitment and the differences he has made to the workplace, as well as being committed to his job and his studies.
Most improved Apprentice of the Year went to Kelsey Jones of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, with Jack Fearn of Liebherr picking up the accolade for Functional Skills.
Local companies who also received awards on the night included Elmhouse Pre School, which picked up the award for Investing in the Future. The award recognised the pre school as a company with an exceptional commitment to development and training as well as being a business that views apprentices as being key to their future.
Stafford Railway Building Society was given the prestigious title of Employer of the Year due to their outstanding record of developing apprentices. The building society was praised for offering structured training and support as well as helping apprentices to contribute to the business and progress in their career.
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