Apprenticeship Awards 2017

Shrewsbury Colleges Group has held its first Apprenticeship Awards to celebrate the successes of not only those training across a range of sectors, but also the businesses they work with.

At a three course gala dinner and ceremony held at the College’s training restaurant Origins, in November, 10 awards were handed out.

A panel of judges chose the winners from over 50 apprentices, judging against criteria including commitment, contribution and success within the role, including the overall apprentice and business of the year winners.

Nathaniel Gibbs, Apprentice of the Year, Engineering
Nathaniel is an Inspection Apprentice with Caterpillar. He was chosen because of the outstanding effort he has put into learning and the obvious contribution he was able demonstrate in his work. Since joining the Inspection Department at Caterpillar, Nathaniel has gone above and beyond to seek out further opportunities. He has volunteered to give demonstrations to visitors from local schools and colleges. He has also played a leading role in an apprentice project to design and build a vehicle to race in the Much Wenlock Soapbox Derby.


Shaun Pickering, Plumbing
Shaun is a plumbing Apprentice with Wrekin Housing Trust. His attendance and punctuality, in the workplace and college, is perfect and additionally he completed his portfolio 12 months ahead of schedule. Shaun has been with the Trust for three years and in that time he has completed a Carpentry NVQ, started a second qualification in Plumbing and renovated a ground floor flat with minimal supervision, early completion and below budget. He has demonstrated a high level of knowledge and maturity, with an infectious attitude to learning as he supports Wrekin Housing Trust’s newest apprentices.


Hannah Stockton, Health & Social Care
Hannah is a Health & Social Care Apprentice with The Uplands Care Home. She goes the extra mile with residents as well as fellow work colleagues. Her ability to build relationships is exemplary. Despite her adversities, Hannah has excelled at college and never fails to have a happy demeanour when she arrives at work. She is committed, dedicated and leads by example. This was shown when she persevered and passed her Maths functional skill, conquering one of her biggest challenges. Carey Bloomer (pictured) from The Uplands Care Home collected the award on behalf of Hannah Stockton.


Andrew Balmer, Carpentry
Andrew is a Site Carpentry Apprentice with JR Slee. He is ambitious, dedicated and loves what he does. Alongside his work hours, and his NVQ Level 3 in Site Carpentry he is studying the HNC in Construction. Andrew also spends two evenings a week prepping for the SkillBuild final that he is was competing later in November. He strives to learn, as shown when he acquired a hockey injury and asked to be taught how the office operates rather than stay off work.


Eilish Gilbert, Accounting
Eilish is an Accounting Apprentice with Whittingham Riddell. She has an extremely good working relationship within the workplace and is recognised for being both a high achiever and passionate about learning. Eilish has achieved distinction in 4 out of her 5 exams and is an inspiration both in class and in the work place. She has worked incredibly hard to achieve incredible outcomes throughout the last year and continues to do so in her progression through Level 4. With her focused and determined attitude, she can achieve excellent results both in and out of an educational setting that is proven in her passions such as fundraising, marathons and cross country.


Jordan Wellard, Carpentry
Jordan is a carpentry apprentice with Mark Bishop. He has never missed a class and shows outstanding commitment to his technical certificate and his NVQ and due to his attitude he has completed well before his deadline. His standard of work is extremely high and although he would rather be at work all the time, he views his time at College as work and appreciates what he will get out of it, seeing the bigger picture. Jordan is only 17, but has a mature attitude well in advance of his years. He has now achieved his CPCS license allowing him to manage and supervise crane lifts etc. This has been a huge bonus for the company and is heavily recognised as a huge achievement. Mark Bishop (pictured) collected the award on behalf of Jordan Wellard.


Shannon Stokes, Early Years
Shannon is an Early Years apprentice at Baschurch Pre-School. After an unfortunate start in her chosen career, her confidence was quite low, but she has completely overcome this and goes from strength to strength. Approaching her former work experience provider, she started with them as a volunteer, but they soon realised how valuable she was to the team and fought to get her formally employed. Shannon produces work above and beyond. She is imaginative, creative, enthusiastic – quite simply, the work she puts into all her projects is inspirational.


Jayne Williams, Hairdressing
Jayne is a hairdressing apprentice at Hair Boulevard. This is a change of career for her and as a mature learner, she has set a brilliant example to the younger students with her continued commitment and determination in both her theory and practical coursework. She has integrated well and hands all assignment work on time and to a very high standard. As well as her Hairdressing qualification, Jayne has had to complete both her Functional Skills in maths and English. Maths proved to be an area of weakness for Jayne and so, to overcome this barrier, she invested in some private tuition. Jayne has 100% attendance and deserves recognition for all her hard work.


Marc Marshall, Electrics
Marc is an Electro Technical apprentice with DM Electrics. Marc completed his Apprenticeship in just 8 months. His standard of work is very high and his attendance is very good, always arriving on time. The other students always look up to him regarding him as the ‘number one’ student. He is happy to help them. Marc is totally dedicated to his work and currently spending two evenings a week prepping for the SkillElectric final he is competing in later in November. He carries out all the tasks asked of him and is always willing to learn. Now he has finished college, he will be taking on the inspection and testing which means he will be able to sign off his work and that of others.


IN2 Access & Control Ltd, Employer of the Year Award
IN2 Access & Control have recruited eight apprentices over the past four years. Director Mark Buchan is totally committed to monitoring each individual’s progress. He attends all employer reviews and also requests feedback after each assessment visit. Mark works closely with the College and sees the role of the College and the employer as both being key to the development of apprentices. Full time jobs have been offered to many apprentices as the company sees them as being key to the future of the business.

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