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Region’s apprenticeship talent win top accolades

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Firms and apprentices from across Yorkshire & The Humber are celebrating after winning top accolades at the regional final of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards 2013.

Nestle UK in York and apprentice Helen Roe from Exceed in Bradford are just some of the winners at the regional awards ceremony which was organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and held at Leeds College of Music.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their tent year, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and Apprenticeship employers.

Winning firms and organisations from across Yorkshire & The Humber are:

  • Small Employer of the YearExceed in Bradfor
  • Nuclear Decommissioning SLC Award for Medium Employer of the Year – North York Moors National Park Authority
  • BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year Wakefield and District Housing
  • Macro Employer of the Year – Nestlé UK Ltd in York
  • Investors in People Newcomer Employer of the YearGordons LLP in Bradford
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City & Guild Apprenticeship Champion of the Year – Sue Price , Helen Roe and Craig Williams

Apprentice winners in the region are:

  • City & Guild Apprenticeship Champion of the Year Helen Roe from Exceed in Bradford
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year Joseph Turton from The Food and Environmental Research Agency in York
  • Higher Apprentice of the YearNatasha Pitts from Dale Power Solutions in Scarborough
  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year – Joshua Bates from Calderdale College in Halifax

Sue Price, divisional area director for the National Apprenticeship Service in the North, said:

“The regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards was a fantastic evening of celebration, and a brilliant opportunity to recognise the high calibre of apprentices and employers in our region.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners from Yorkshire and The Humber and wish them continued success in the future.

“Apprenticeships allow employers to grow their own talent, whilst enabling apprentices to earn while they learn and build a real career and a bright future. All our finalists are testament to this.”

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their tenth, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and Apprenticeship employers.

This year the National Apprenticeship Awards received in excess of 1,600 high quality entrants, with the region’s winners now proceeding through to a final judging stage.

The national award winners will be announced during the opening ceremony of the UK’s largest national skills and careers event, The Skills Show, at the NEC in Birmingham in November.

Regional Apprenticeship employer winners judged to be the very best of the best will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

Meanwhile, the National City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year Award winner will be decided by a public vote, taking place from 30 September – 11 October.

The top three will then be announced and voting will reopen from October 14th-18th to decide the ultimate Apprenticeship Champion winner.

It will now be up to Helen Roe to promote her success in the region, and encourage people and businesses in Bradford to vote for her though the National Apprenticeship Service website once the voting opens.

For more information about The Skills Show go to www.theskillsshow.com

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Macro Employer of the Year, Nestle – Gavin Freed , Lauren MacDonald , Jordan Philips and Sue Price
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Pictured from left are Beth Lewis, Joshua Bates, Natasha Pitts, Helen Roe, Charlotte Westall and Joseph Turton

 

 

 

 

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