Apprenticeship awards honour outstanding employers and apprentices
The achievements of employers and apprentices across the region were celebrated at an awards night held in their honour by Cambridge Regional College.
Engineers, hairdressers, scientists and chefs were among the guests at the celebratory awards dinner at the college’s Park Restaurant, where Cambridge University’s Department of Biochemistry and Domino UK were among the winning employers.
A total of nine organisations were presented with Employer of the Year awards in categories ranging from construction to business, while nine Apprentice of the Year awards were presented to outstanding apprentices.
The overall Apprentice of the Year award went to Science apprentice Rebecca French, from Insect Research and Development in Stow cum Quy, for her outstanding commitment to her apprenticeship and invaluable skills set.
The overall Employer of the Year award went to the Moore Hair Company of Ely, where owner Leah Moore employs many former apprentices – and was herself an apprentice at CRC.
CRC Assistant Principal and Director of Employer Engagement Paul Skitt said all the winning apprentices had shown outstanding skills, commitment and growth throughout their apprenticeships and were an asset to their employers.
“Congratulations to our excellent and very worthy winners,” he said. “Our Apprentices of the Year are all outstanding individuals who have had a big impact at work and will go far in their careers.
“Big congratulations as well to our winning Employers of the Year, whose support, commitment and celebration of their apprentices and their achievements has been exceptional, encouraging their apprentices to achieve to their highest level.
“Our Apprenticeship awards are one of the highlights of the year at CRC and we were particularly pleased to be able to present awards to organisations and apprentices from a very wide range of industries and sizes – from a small café to Cambridge University.
“Apprenticeships are for people of all ages and the success of our Construction one of our Apprentices of the Year, Michael Gough, who is training to be a plumber after a 30-year break from education, illustrates this perfectly.”
Image: The winners at CRC’s Apprenticeship Awards, pictured with principal Mark Robertson
The full list of winners
Employers of the Year
Domino UK Business Employer of the Year
Elder Street Café, Debden Barns Catering Employer of the Year
Wigwam Nurseries Childcare Employer of the Year
Bespak IT Employer of the Year
University of Cambridge Department of Biochemistry Science Employer of the Year
Moore Hair Company Hairdressing Employer of the Year and overall Employer of the Year
JDR Cables Management Employer of the Year
Shelford Heating Construction Employer of the Year
Plextek Engineering Employer of the Year
Apprentices of the Year
Natasha Bidwell, Wigwam Nurseries Brampton
Laura Polack, Tees Law
Bethany Collins, Premier Travel
Chloe Trainer, Cambridge Regional College
Jamie Bruce, Huxley Bertram
Rebecca French, Insect Research and Development – overall Apprentice of the Year
Michael Gough, Waterworx
Rebecca Rees, Aesthetica Beauty Salon
Izabela Strek, Anglia Ruskin University
For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambridge Regional College is one of the country's top 20 apprenticeship providers and a leading business and professional training provider, as well as one of the largest and most successful further education colleges in the UK. It has nearly 3,500 apprentices currently in training and works with 1,500 local, regional and national employers. It also offers rooms, workshops and conference facilities for hire - see http://www.camre.ac.uk/conferencing/