The College of West Anglia

Outstanding Apprentices Recognised at College Awards Ceremony

The college Apprenticeship Awards 2019 took place on 5th March at Knights Hill Hotel.

Over 100 friends, family and employers attended the awards evening alongside representatives from Anglian Water Alliances, who sponsored the evening.

The awards ceremony coincided with National Apprenticeship Week 2019, a nationwide annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Nineteen awards were handed to college apprentices for outstanding work and study in many different fields from engineering and hairdressing to horticulture and brickwork.

The awards were presented by principal, David Pomfret, head of engineering at Anglian Water Alliances, Mark Froggatt, and John Clarke. 

Electrotechnical Apprentice of the Year, Summer Harrison and Christopher Russell received the Kevin Clarke Award. Kevin Clarke, a former college electrical apprentice, was killed in a car accident in 1984. His parents, John and Janet, recognise two electrical apprentices each year in his honour.

David Pomfret, said: “Tonight we have recognised the outstanding achievements of the hugely talented apprentices who study at the college and work with our employer partners throughout the region. The annual CWA Apprenticeship Awards showcase the diverse and growing range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, whilst celebrating the outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships across the region.”

“We value highly our partnership with employers and I was delighted that in a recent Ofsted inspection, inspectors not only judged the college to be good in all areas (including apprenticeships) but recognised our productive partnerships with employers and other local stakeholders to ensure that provision meets regional skills needs well.”

All of the night’s winners will go forward to be judged and whittled down to three lucky finalists, who will then be invited to the college’s annual student awards in June of this year to find out who will be named as the college’s overall Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Here is a list of apprentice winners from the night and their employers:

Business Administration Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Jessica Ding

Employer: Perkins Engines, Peterborough

Brickwork Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Aaron Jones

Employer: Salmons Bros Ltd

Customer Service Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Eliza Zientalak

Employer: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Sport Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Alex Bird

Employer: Alive Leisure

Childcare Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Rachel Mead

Employer: Ladybirds Pre-School

Anglian Water Alliances Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Jamie Savage

Employer: Anglian Water Alliances

Team Leading Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Matthew Cooper

Employer: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

Electrotechnical Apprentice of the Year 2019 & Year 2 Kevin Clarke Award – Summer Harrison

Employer: Sibelco UK

Year 1 Kevin Clarke Award 2019 – Christopher Russell

Employer: Pike Textiles Display Ltd

Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Natasha Benton

Horticulture Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Ryan Thomson

Employer: Ely City Golf Course

Hospitality Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Frank Etherington

Employer: The Crown Lodge Hotel

Management Apprentice of Year 2019 – Kathryn Crofts

Employer: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Cameron Carr

Employer: ECOPLUMB

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Michael Hewlett

Employer: Nene Jag Specialist

Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Beth Funge

Employer: Aspires Day Centre

Engineering Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Ross Penn-Symonds

Employer: Advance Engineering (UK) Ltd

Carpentry Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Henry Acres

Employer: JT Ward Joinery Ltd

Veterinary Nursing Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Sarah King

Employer: Fromus Vets