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Celebrating excellence at Nottingham College Apprenticeship Awards

Celebrating excellence at Nottingham College Apprenticeship Awards

More than 150 local businesses, apprentices, assessors and their guests gathered for a special black-tie event at Nottingham’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on 21st May, to mark Nottingham College’s third annual Apprenticeship Awards.

As one of the region’s leading apprenticeship training providers, Nottingham College hosts these awards to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of apprentices and businesses, highlighting the significant impact apprenticeship programmes have on individuals, employers, and the wider community.

The evening shone a spotlight on apprentices in a whole host of industry sectors, including health and science, engineering, construction, hospitality, and retail, as well as professional services and digital sectors. The event also acknowledged the vital role of tutors, mentors, managers and employers for the significant contribution they make throughout the apprenticeship journey.

Ten category winners were congratulated on the night, with a number of highly commended awardees recognised for their efforts too. Each were invited to the stage and presented with a trophy or certificate by the award sponsor.

Charlotte Bingham, 18, from Mansfield, achieved ‘Construction Apprentice of the Year’, and was also crowned ‘Overall Apprentice of the Year’.

Charlotte has shown outstanding dedication throughout her apprenticeship. She also played a crucial role in the successful delivery of a £6m Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund scheme, earning praise for her dedication and diligence. She said:

”I’m really grateful to have won the two awards. I’ve had a really positive apprenticeship experience and I’d 100% recommend it to others. It’s given me a taste of what’s to come in my future career, and I’ve been able to earn a wage alongside my training, which is a huge plus. One day, I’d like to become a commercial director, working across a range of projects.”

Landermeads nursing home earned the title of ‘Large Employer of the Year’. Daryl Cardy, Training Manager at Landermeads, said:

“It feels good to be recognised for this award; it tells me we must be doing something right. I’m so invested in our apprentices and it’s very rewarding to watch their confidence grow and see them develop. I would recommend taking on an apprentice to any business, because they create a better workforce.”

Landermeads apprentice, Emma Carr, was awarded ‘Health, Science and Care Apprentice of the Year’. She started as a support worker studying a Level 2 Apprenticeship and now she’s Team Leader and about to start a Level 4 Apprenticeship. She said:

“Both my employer and the college have been so supportive. My college tutor has adapted her teaching to suit my learning style which I’ve found really helpful, and my team at Landermeads are like my second family. I’ve really grown in confidence since I first started the programme. They helped me to believe in myself.”

Nottingham College Principal and CEO, Janet Smith, said:

"Our annual Apprenticeship Awards not only celebrate the achievements of our apprentices but also express our gratitude and appreciation for the hard work, time, and effort contributed by their tutors, as well as our valued employers and partners.

“We are incredibly proud of all our winners and shortlisted nominees, and we hope this accomplishment is just the beginning of many successes in their future careers."

The full list of awardees and sponsors are:

  • Tutor of the Year (sponsored by Blackburn Starling) - Darren Furmidge
  • Apprentice Experience of the Year (sponsored by CEMA) - Molly Poyzer
  • SME Employer of the Year (sponsored by Mindful Education) - Johns of Nottingham
  • Large Employer of the Year (sponsored by Brightwake) - Landermeads
  • Highly Commended - CEMA
  • Apprentice Champion of the Year (sponsored by Steer Automotive Group) - Emma Storey
  • Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Lindleys Autocentres) - Nathan Hoe
  • Highly Commended: Leah Baker
  • Construction Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Oakfield Construction) - Charlotte Bingham
  • Creative Industries Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Skin Solace) - Elise Quirk
  • Health, Science and Care Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Nottingham University Hospitals) - Emma Carr
  • Professional Services and Digital Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Diamond Financial Solutions) - Trinity Ward
  • Hospitality and Retail Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by BIIAB —Skills & Education Group) — Joe Walling
  • Overall Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Gemini Accident Repair Centres) - Charlotte Bingham

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