The achievements of dozens of apprentices from across the area were celebrated at Cheshire College – South & West’s Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony earlier this week.
The awards, part of the college’s activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (5th-9th March 2018), recognised the outstanding performance and results achieved by apprentices from across the region.
More than 100 guests attended the event at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus, including the Mayor of Ellesmere Port and the High Sheriff of Chester, with more than 25 awards presented on the night.
Matthew Williams from Crewe, who is completing a Mechatronic Apprenticeship at Bentley Motors won the Apprentice of the Year for Automotive Engineering.
He said: “Before I started my apprenticeship with Bentley last year, I was in the Royal Engineers and travelled all over the world. Coming home and securing an Apprenticeship with Bentley is a dream come true.
“As I’m in my first year of my apprenticeship, I spend four-days a week at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe campus developing my skills and knowledge and then one-day a week at the Bentley plant.
“I feel privileged to work for such an iconic company and delighted to win this award tonight.”
Kyle Walker, who won Apprentice of the Year for Facilities, is completing an apprenticeship at King’s School in Chester, said: “I went to university for a year but I didn’t really enjoy it so I decided to look into an apprenticeship instead.
“I was attracted to this apprenticeship because of the reputation of the school. The apprenticeship is great – I’m involved with general maintenance across the school both indoors and outdoors.
“I particularly enjoy working outdoors maintaining the sports facilities which includes three cricket pitches and 12 football pitches. It was a real surprise and a honour to receive this award.”
Hannah Easdown, an apprentice at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port, won Higher Apprentice of the Year.
She commented: “I’m completing an apprenticeship in process engineering. We spend four days a week at the Vauxhall plant and one-day at the College’s Chester campus.
“I’ve always been the type of person that wants to understand how and why something works – so engineering seemed like a natural career choice for me.
“To win this award is amazing and it’s given me a huge confidence boost.”
Cheshire College – South & West has more than 1,300 Apprentices and works with a range of SMEs to large national employers – including Unilever, Bentley, National Grid, AO.com, Vauxhall and Scottish Power.
Cheshire College – South & West’s principal and chief executive, Jasbir Dhesi said: “Apprenticeships create opportunities for young people where they can develop their skills, earn qualifications and build a career.
“We have seen both young people and their employers rise to the top of their industries thanks to high-quality, effective and industry-leading traineeships and apprenticeships.
“We are extremely proud of all our apprentices and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to award those that have shown outstanding dedication and commitment.”