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.
Lisa is responsible for apprenticeship provision at Nottingham City Homes and was nominated for her dedication to supporting apprentices and putting them at the heart of what she does.
Lisa has championed apprenticeships across her organisation. She regularly sacrifices her own time to sit on boards and committees dedicated to improving the apprenticeship delivery, and quality, not only for her own learners but all those on the programme with the college.
- David Higham – Nottingham College
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
Gemini are the largest independent vehicle repairer in the UK and are continuing to grow. In 2017 they had a vision to invest, promote and support apprentices and at the time did not employ any. They started a joint venture with EMTEC, the college’s automotive provision and now have over 91 apprentices and in 2022 will be welcoming their 8th cohort of multi-skilled apprentices.
"Gemini go above and beyond to support their apprentices from day one.”
- Stacey Holmes – Nottingham College
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
Draycotts Kia in Derby have worked with the college since 2013 supporting aspiring technicians to embark in their automotive careers. They currently employ six apprentices and over the years, they have trained a number of technicians, many of whom now work at Draycotts full time.
"Draycotts Kia have shown dedication to the apprenticeship programme since it began in 2013, recruiting a number of apprentices and supporting them in their chosen careers."
- Ashleigh Oates – Nottingham College
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
Tahya started her Level 3 apprenticeship at Nottingham University Hospitals in January 2021 and has become an invaluable part of her team, demonstrating an extraordinary work ethic, and stepping up to the challenge of working in a challenging healthcare environment during amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Tahya has been an exceptional Healthcare Assistant Apprentice since the first day she entered the Elective Admission Lounge. She endeared herself to the team immediately and showed maturity well beyond her years.”
- Kerry Stevens, Nottingham University Hospitals.
“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
Courtney is currently a Level 3 apprentice at Nottingham University Hospitals and was nominated for her passion, determination and for regularly going above and beyond in her role. Courtney put provisions in place for hearing impaired patients and was commended for inspiring her colleagues to learn British Sign Language. Courtney held workshops to teach the basics and implemented some new communication strategies on her ward to help colleagues communicate with patients with hearing impairments.
“Courtney has been a real asset to her ward, she is a true advocate for person-centred care and has gone above and beyond in her role. She has shown great academic ability and doesn't shy away from a challenge.”
- Kerry Stevens, Nottingham University Hospitals.
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
Level 2 hairdressing apprentice Frances MacDonald works at Morgan and Company, a hair salon in Whatton. Frances was nominated for her enthusiasm and willingness to learn and taking any opportunity she can to gain new skills. As a result of her hard-work and determination Frances has built up her own customer base and has a list of regular clients. She is set to be offered full-time employment on completion of her apprenticeship.
"Frances is one of the most hardest working and determined individuals we know. Her enthusiasm for her work and for her learning is phenomenal."
- Adrian Morgan, Morgan and Company.
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
Level 3 automotive apprentice Austen is employed by Allen Motor Group in Southend-on-Sea. He was nominated for his positive attitude, great attention to detail and for his consistently pushing himself to learn new knowledge and skills.
"Austen is a good team player and has stepped up in recent COVID times in areas where staff levels have fluctuated. He is able to work with minimum supervision and is is always good humoured, keeping the team motivated with his very positive outlook."
- Colin Webster, Service Manager - Allen Motor Group
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
Rachel is a Trainer Assessor for Nottingham College’s painting and decorating apprentices and was nominated for her dedication to her role, investing 100% into the apprenticeship journey and for re-invigorating the apprenticeship offer in this area. Rachel not only supports apprentices, with whom she has built an excellent rapport, but has built positive relationships with both employers too and as a result has seen a growth in cohort numbers.
"Because of Rachel, learners look forward to coming to college and are supported in every step of their apprenticeship."
- Tracey Hutchinson – Nottingham College.
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
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You can find all the photos from the evening in our Apprenticeship Awards album.