Glazier Hall in London was the venue for the fourth regional ceremony, with 16 winners and highly commended employers and apprentices from across a range of industries – including healthcare, transport, broadcasting and engineering – picking up awards.
Apprentice category winners and highly commended:
- the British Army Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year was won by Danielle Lebby from GSTT- London Procurement Partnership; Rajkiran Kaur from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust was highly commended
- the Rolls Royce Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year was won by Jessica Eley from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Joshua Torlot from Transport for London was highly commended
- the Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year was won by Kate Self from BT; Mila Juliana Myslov from IPG Mediabrands was highly commended
- the Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year, was won by Jordan Nicholas from Transport from London; Belky Wara from Gladiator Media Distributions was highly commended
- the Lloyds Banking Group Award for ‘Rising Star’ was won by Thomas Mynott from Transport for London; whilst Samantha Misselbrook from Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust was highly commended
Kate Self, from Kent, says of her win: “I’m a 20 year old degree apprentice in TV at BT Tower. I’m extremely honoured to have won this award! My apprenticeship allows me to develop my learning while obtaining invaluable, hands on experience. I’m fully involved in day to day work, whilst earning a salary. At the end of scheme I’ll qualify with a full Bachelor’s Degree, along with a number of other courses and qualifications. An apprenticeship was definitely the best route for me and I’m passionate about becoming a role model, encouraging women into STEM subjects and careers.”
Employer category winners and highly commended:
- the BAE Systems Award for SME Employer of the Year was won by Troup Bywaters + Anders
- the Royal Navy Award for Large Employer of the Year was won by Channel 4 Television
- the Centrica Macro Employer of the Year was won by: Engie; highly commended was WSP.
- the PeoplePlus Award for Recruitment Excellence was also presented to WSP; with Troup Bywaters + Anders being highly commended in this category
Now in their fifteenth year, the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the diverse and growing range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, whilst celebrating outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships across England.
The awards were open to apprentices, individuals who promote apprenticeships and employers of all sizes from all sectors. The refreshed categories, including the Rising Star and Recruitment Excellence categories for 2018 gave additional opportunities for entrants to demonstrate the impact apprenticeships have made to individual’s lives and their workplaces.
Keith Smith, director, Apprenticeships Group, ESFA said: “I am delighted to see so many regional winners being recognised and representing such a wide variety of sectors and industries.
“We know apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their own talent, and also allow individuals to start or progress their careers. The talent presented by winners and highly commended finalists really does showcase the impact of apprenticeships on individuals and employers alike.
“There really were some outstanding applications and great apprenticeship stories, all highlighting the many benefits apprenticeships bring. I wish all winners the best of luck as we progress to the national stage of the competition and I want to personally thank everyone who took time to enter the awards this year.”
For more information on the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 visit: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships