Celebrating Apprenticeship success at the annual Apprenticeship Awards

10 February 2020

On Tuesday the 4th February apprentices from across Apprenticeships at Salford City College put their best dresses and suits on to celebrate the annual Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards came at the beginning of National Apprenticeship week with the aim to highlight all of the achievements over the past year.

This year marks the tenth year that Apprenticeships at Salford City College have offered a provision. Launching in 2009 with a cohort of ten apprentices, the provision has since grown remarkably with over 1,500 apprentices supported in the last academic year, the vast majority of whom are from local communities.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, two of the colleges first apprentices Courtney Winstanley and Ashley Gatto attended the evening and presented an award to the Overall Apprentice of the Year. 

Over the course of the evening a total of 15 awards were presented to both apprentices and employers outlining their achievements and commitment.

Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship and Business Development, said: “The nominations this year have been better than ever, with some amazingly talented apprentices being recognised for their determination and dedication to succeed.”

Employer Awards

 

SMALL EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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“This employer has gone above and beyond to ensure that all their employees receive the top level of training.”  

 

MEDIUM EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

CARA Brickwork

 “This company is dedicated to nurturing apprentices and they have also supported the Build Traineeship programme.”

LARGE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Salford City Council Citywide Services

“These employers pride themselves on developing apprentices throughout their business, providing multiple apprenticeship opportunities.”

 

LARGE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR)

Wilmott Dixon

 “These winners fully appreciate the importance of Apprenticeships and actively seek year on year to recruit more into their business.”

 

Apprentice Awards

 

BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Campbell Girvan

 “After feeling ready to give up as a general laborer, this apprentice decided to take up an apprenticeship to find a passion for work again.”

 

BUSINESS & PROFFESIONAL APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Eleanor Dean

 “This apprentice has grown in confidence and been an incredible member of the team.”

 

CHILDCARE, EARLY YEARS AND EDUCATION APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Natalie Atkins-Moulsen

 “This apprentice is highly thought of by all of her team and put’s a smile on everyone’s face.”

 

CONSTRUCTION & BUILT ENVIRONMENT APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Nathan Butcher

“This winner of this award is always keen to help others out and sets a positive example for everyone on-site with his approach to health and safety.”  

 

HAIR & BEAUTY APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Leah Anderson

“This apprentice has a strong willingness to learn and has come on in leaps and bounds since joining her company.” 

 

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Jason Cunningham

“This apprentice has found inspiration to explore alternative methods of communication to communicate with clients in an appropriate manner. He is learning sign language, finger spelling and makatone singing.”

 

HOSPITALITY & CATERING APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Cheree Stevenson

“This winner has faced many challenges throughout her learning, however she has progressed in her career over the past few years.” 

 

FINANCIAL & ACCOUNTANT APPRETICE OF THE YEAR

Bonnie Cassidy

“This apprentice is extremely helpful and willing to undertake new tasks not only within the department she works within but also will offer her support to other teams when resources are stretched.”

 

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Anne Connoly

“This winner has taken full advantage of her apprenticeship and thrived over the time she has been here.”

 

OVERALL APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Bonnie Cassidy

Bonnie Cassidy with Ashley Gatto and Courtney Winstanley

The main award of the evening was the prestigious Overall Apprentice of The Year Award. This year’s winner was Bonnie Cassidy from Frenkel Topping. She was described as ‘a valued asset to her company, displaying the right attributes that are key to succeed in industry’.

Jim Taylor, Chief Executive of Salford City Council, also attended the event and delivered an inspiring keynote speech about the importance of apprenticeships in Salford.

Allan added: “It is vital that we continue to deliver apprenticeship programmes which meets the needs of local people, providing them with the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed by their employers, ensuring all can prosper.”

“We have been delighted with our recent stakeholder feedback confirming that this is indeed what we are doing.”

Pendleton Contemporary Choir

Guests were also entertained by a showstopping performance by the Pendleton Contemporary Choir. Founded in 2006 at Pendleton Sixth Form College, they specialise in 20th and 21st Century pieces. The choir cover genres such as rock, pop and classical.

All of the photos from the event can be found below.

If you want to be one of next year’s Salford City College Apprenticeship Award Winners, whether you are looking for an apprenticeship or to hire an apprentice, then contact the Salford City College team on 0161 631 5555 or by emailing apprenticeships@salfordcc.ac.uk.

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