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News: Apprenticeship Awards 2022.

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On the 28th February we celebrated our first Apprenticeship Awards evening with a special black-tie event at our Fletchers Theatre in the City Hub.

The event was attended by over 70 guests and recognised and showcased the hard work and achievements of our apprentices, their employers and assessors. 

The awards gave employers the opportunity to nominate their apprentices to be recognised for their outstanding work in their industry and studies. Awards were also presented to businesses and tutors for their support, commitment and dedication throughout the Apprenticeship programme.

Six overall winners and 2 highly commended awardees were chosen and presented with a trophy and certificate by our sponsors.

It’s nice to know that the college recognise what employers are doing to support apprentices because we all want to see them succeed. Not every apprenticeship is straight-forward, lots of things can get in the way and there are lots of hurdles we have to help our apprentices navigate so they can achieve, but when they do it’s a brilliant feeling. 

 — Lisa Porter

On winning their award, Dan Dillon from Gemini Accident Repair said:

We are over the moon to win this award. We’ve worked closely with the college and Emtec since 2017 and this award is a fantastic achievement for all involved. There are huge skills shortages in our industry at the moment so it’s very rewarding to see apprentices who want to work in industry and watch them learn new skills and progress.”

It’s lovely when people reach success and share their milestones with us, to be a part of that is really rewarding. 

 — John Henderson, Gemini Accident Repair

Nottingham College have supported us with lots of apprentices over the years and it’s great to get recognition for what we do, especially as a small business. Watching our apprentices achieve and learn new skills is rewarding from both a personal and business perspective and we’ve employed some fantastic technicians as a result. 

 — Mike Newbold, Draycotts Kia

I feel appreciative and privileged to have won this award. My favourite thing about my apprenticeship is that no two days are the same and it’s so rewarding.” 

 — Tahya Fells

It feels really good to have been nominated. My favourite thing about my apprenticeship is the diversity and meeting different people every day. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. I have almost finished my apprenticeship and feel confident and equipped with the skills I need for my future career. 

 — Courtney Carlyle

As an adult learner I was not expecting to win this at all. Undertaking an apprenticeship means a lot to me as it has enabled me to change careers. I was previously a visual merchandiser before deciding to pursue hairdressing and an apprenticeship has allowed me to learn as I go along from everyone I work with, plus my tutors at college. 

 — Frances MacDonald

I am really pleased and was not expecting this at all. My manager nominated me, and it was a total surprise. Throughout my apprenticeship there hasn’t been a single day where I’ve not learned something new and there are so many advantages, I can’t pinpoint a single thing. 

 — Austen King

I didn’t expect to win this award and being nominated was a lovely surprise. I have been doing this role for 27 years and every year it feels as though I am taking on new sons and daughters, I care about each and every one of them. I am lucky because my dual role as both their tutor and assessor means I see them both at college and on-site too. 

 — Rachel Parkhouse

It was a pleasure to be part of such a great event and an honour to be surrounded by so many inspiring apprentices and committed employers. 

The ceremony was a fantastic way to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices and the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on Apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to businesses and individuals. 

Well done to all those nominated for awards and special congratulations to the overall winners and their employers. 

 — Lisa Wilson, Nottingham College Executive Director — Employer Services

Apprenticeships at Nottingham College

We are the region’s leading Apprenticeship provider, working with 2000 apprentices and major employers, including: Nottinghamshire County Council, NHS and British Gypsum.

You can find all the photos from the evening in our Apprenticeship Awards album.

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  • 28th February 2022 (9:31 PM)
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