Deserving celebrations at CWA Apprenticeship Awards

PUBLISHED: 13:13 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:13 22 March 2016

Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy winners Jordan Rollins (left) and Joe Yaxley (right) with John Clarke

Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy winners Jordan Rollins (left) and Joe Yaxley (right) with John Clarke

PAUL TIBBS PHOTOGRAPHY

High performing apprentices from the College of West Anglia (CWA) were celebrated for their ambitious drive and impressive talent at an awards ceremony.

The College of West Anglia Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016The College of West Anglia Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016

The awards, held at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Monday March 14, were compered by Mark Reavell, executive director of partnerships at CWA.

A light canapé buffet - provided by CWA catering students - was served to guests on arrival and during the interval.

In total 16 apprentices – a winner from each industry sector – received awards presented by Principal David Pomfret.

He said: “To mark apprenticeship week, I have experienced the work of an apprentice first-hand, as I went back to the floor as a plumbing apprentice.

“Our apprentices are really valued in the workplace and I am proud to be celebrating the work they do at this event.”

Guest speaker Paul Davis, creative director of Top to Toe Hairdressing and Beauty Salon in Wisbech, spoke of how apprenticeships have helped his business to thrive.

John Clarke presented two awards – the Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy for year one and year two – in memory of his son Kevin, a CWA electrical apprentice who died in a car accident aged 19, in 1984.

Mr Clarke said: “My family and I always like to support the apprentices and both of the Kevin Clarke memorial trophy winners were very nice, deserving lads.”

Joe Yaxley, Year 1 Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy winner, said: “I was very pleased to be nominated and was not expecting to win. It has been nice to celebrate with my parents and employer, Kevin Doy.”

Jordan Rollins of Rollins Electrical, winner of the CWA Electrotechnical Apprentice of the year 2016 and the Year 2 Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy, said: “It’s nice to think that all my hard work is paying off. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others as I’ve experienced so much more from learning on the job.”

The winners from the apprenticeship awards will now go forward to be judged and three finalists will then be invited to the college’s annual student awards on June 29 at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange to find out who will be named as overall ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

Full List of winners:

Shane Denton

Construction Apprentice of the Year 2016

Matthew Reed

Retail Apprentice of the Year 2016

Rebecca Hardy

Information Technology Apprentice of the Year 2016

Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse

Childcare Apprentice of the Year 2016

Jordan Rollins

Electrotechnical Apprentice of the Year 2016

Jake Seekings

Engineering Apprentice of the Year 2016

Eleanor Johnson

Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year 2016

Harry Barker

Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year 2016

Blue Revell

Horticulture Apprentice of the Year 2016

Sadie Cooper

Hospitality Apprentice of the Year 2016

Sema Ozbek

Laboratory Technician Apprentice of Year 2016

Matthew Fay

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year 2016

Jack Bliss

Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2016

Lydia Hickey

Teaching Assistant Apprentice of the Year 2016

Megan Nurse

Business Administration Apprentice of the Year 2016

Joe Yaxley

Kevin Clarke Award 2015/16

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