Wakefield College celebrates Apprentice success…

The Waterton Park Hotel formed the backdrop for Wakefield College’s annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony this week. Local business leaders and dignitaries were joined by senior college staff to celebrate the success of apprentices and employers at the glittering awards evening.

The annual ceremony kicked off a week of activities at Wakefield College to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week, recognising those who have shown hard work and commitment, both in their College work and in their workplace.

Businesses that provide apprentices with exceptional support and mentoring were also acknowledged at the ceremony.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Wakefield Metropolitan District, Councillor Stuart Heptinstall, families, Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright, and nominees in both ‘Employer’ and Apprentice’ categories.

Pictured: Zoe Wright (left) who won the Wakefield College Apprentice of the Year, receives her award from Karen Sykes, Director of HR.

This year’s winners included:
Health and Care Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Wakefield College
Chloe Sykes-Kinder – Level 3 Dental Nurse (Park View Dental Practice)

Animal Care, Hair & Beauty, Horticulture, Logistics and Sports Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by YPO
Grant Wynn – Level 2 Horticulture (Wakefield Council)

Non-Levy Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Wakefield Council
JBC Industrial Services

Wakefield College Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Wakefield College
Zoe Wright – Level 3 Customer Service

Higher Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence
Judith Megson

Automotive and Engineering Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by OE Electrics
Simon Grayston – Level 2 Mechanical Engineering (Hydraulic Equipment Supermarkets)

New Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Business Development at Wakefield College
Phase 3 Consulting

Construction Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Arcadis
Bailey Matthews – Level 2 Trowel (Jordan Developments Ltd)

Levy Employer Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Wakefield Council
South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust

Business and Professional Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Engie
Andrew Smart – Level 2 Business Administration (Card Factory)

Special Recognition
Brian Fisher and Tyler Pickard

Executive Director for Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships, Joanne Taylor said. “Apprenticeships at Wakefield College continue to go from strength to strength and we are delighted so many friends and families could join us. Our fourth annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony was another successful event and the perfect opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution apprentices and employers are making to the local economy.”

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