Newbury College held its annual Apprenticeship Awards as part of National Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 07 March. Organised to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), apprentices, employers and College staff came together to recognise the achievements, hard work and commitment of all those involved with its apprenticeship programme.
Host for the evening was Principal and Chief Executive, Iain Wolloff. “The awards ceremony is an opportunity to promote the value of apprenticeships as a fantastic route into many different careers,” explains Iain. “The variety of employers who attended the event demonstrates that apprenticeships provide a great way for businesses to nurture talent”.
The award winners on the night were:
- Best Apprentice in a Small Business – Jake Monger, Harveys Insolvency Service Ltd
- Best Apprentice in a Medium Business – Chloe Bowley, ESA Serviced Apartments Ltd
- Best Apprentice in a Large Business – Emily Swatton, UKAEA
- Best Assessor – Yvonne Pomeroy, Newbury College
- Best Workplace Mentor – Sarah Arnold, Strawberry Hill Medical Centre
- The Nick Carter Award for Outstanding Contribution – Chris Marrs, Xtrac
- Apprenticeship Development Award – Cliff Newcomb, Newbury College
Chloe Bowley, winner of Best Apprentice in a Medium Business, said: “I’m honoured to receive the award. It was not expected, but I couldn’t be happier that I was chosen. All the hard work I’ve put in is finally starting to pay off and it feels surreal that I’m weeks away from being signed off my apprenticeship completely, after a truly challenging 16 months.
“I couldn’t have done it without my work colleagues or my assessor, Yvonne. They have been a massive support for me and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I’m looking forward to signing a brand-new shiny contract (with esa), making many more memories!”
Newbury College holds monthly Apprenticeship Information Sessions, where candidates can find out more about the apprenticeship vacancies on offer. For organisations looking to take on an apprentice, the College has a long history of helping businesses run successful apprenticeship programmes. Read one of our case studies at www.newbury-college.ac.uk/apprenticeships or contact our Business Team on 01635 845229.
International Women’s Day encourages the world to reflect on the importance of gender equality, to celebrate the successes of women, and to acknowledge the work that is still left to be done. Newbury College celebrated the success and achievements of its female students and staff via a special social media campaign for the global movement. Many classes and activities were also dedicated to researching the contribution that inspirational women have made to our society and exploring the careers and progression routes available in today’s world of equal opportunities.
Using the hashtags #iwd19 and #newburycollege, the further education provider featured the inspirational women who both work and study at the College, including members of the senior management team, tutors, technicians and support staff.
Newbury College has a proud history of promoting equal opportunities within its staffing and its curriculum. One of the very first students to attend the college when it opened in 1948 was Sheila Smith, an engineering apprentice from Plenty (now SPX Flow Technology). Sheila left the Newbury Girl’s Grammar School Sixth Form to join a traditionally male-dominated industry. After completing her apprenticeship, Sheila went on to study an HNC in Engineering and later taught Technical Drawing at Newbury College and Park House School.
Karen Taylor, Careers Lead at Newbury College, said, “It has been wonderful to highlight the amazing work that women do, not only at Newbury College, but around the world. We actively encourage all of our students to follow their dreams, whatever they may be, and not to let stereotypes define their future.”
Newbury College inspires women of all ages to experience more and achieve more through a wide range of vocational and technical courses from accountancy, creative arts and hairdressing to forensic science, sport and engineering. The College also offers a vast range of one-day courses for adults and businesses starting from just £30.