Top apprentices rewarded at College of West Anglia

College of West Anglia apprentices success

College of West Anglia apprentices success - Credit: Archant

Sixteen apprentices received awards as part an apprenticeship awards celebration event which recognised the best of the College of West Anglia’s apprentices.

Principal David Pomfret presented the awards on Thursday as part of national Apprenticeship Week which also saw college managers enjoy ‘back to the floor’ experiences.

Mr Pomfret said the college was committed to delivering a wide range of high-quality apprenticeship programmes, which have seen college apprentices win several awards, including medals at the World Skills competition last year. He said the winners could be really proud of their achievements and were a credit to their employers and key to the success of the local economy.

He went on to say: “I am passionate about the value of apprenticeships to both the apprentice and the employer”.

Mr Pomfret also congratulated employers who attended and thanked them for their support and their success in the last year. For the fifth year running employers have been successful in the regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards - Top to Toe of Wisbech received highly commended small employer 2014 East of England.

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The winning apprentices are employed across a wide area and cover numerous occupations.

These include electrotechnical; brickwork; childcare; administration; IT; motor vehicle; hospitality; engineering; plumbing; teaching assistant; warehouse and retail; lab technician; hairdressing; carpentry; health and social care; team leader and management; customer service and cultural operations and horticulture.

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One fine example was that of Apprentice hairdresser Ashleigh Everett who is employed by Boldero & Filby in King’s Lynn.

Ashleigh won the college intermediate apprenticeship hairdressing competition sponsored by Top to Toe and was presented by business owner Paul Davies; she will now start putting together her entries for the Hairdressing Council competition and World Skills 2015.

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