The College of West Anglia

Apprentice of the Year 2019

The annual College of West Anglia (CWA) 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 CWA apprentices for outstanding work and study in many different fields from engineering and hairdressing to horticulture and brickwork. The awards were presented by CWA 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 CWA electrical apprentice, was killed in a car accident in 1984. His parents, John and Janet, recognise two electrical apprentices each year in his honour.

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 CWA’s overall Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Jamie Savage

Anglian Water Alliances Apprentice of the year

Employer: Anglian Water Alliances

Aaron Jones

Brickwork Apprentice of the year

Employer: Salmons Bros Ltd

Henry Acres

Carpentry Apprentice of the year

Employer: JT Ward Joinery Ltd

Rachel Mead

Childcare Apprentice of the year

Employer: Ladybirds Pre-School

Eliza Zientalak

Customer Service Apprentice of the year

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

Sarah King

Veterinary Nursing Apprentice of the year

Employer: Fromus Vets

Ross Penn-Symonds

Engineering Apprentice of the year

Employer: Advance Engineering (UK) Ltd

Natasha Benton

Hairdressing Apprentice of the year

Beth Funge

Health & Social Care Apprentice of the year

Employer: Aspires Day Centre

Ryan Thomson

Horticulture Apprentice of the year

Employer: Ely City Golf Course

Frank Etherington

Hospitality Apprentice of the year

Employer: The Crown Lodge Hotel

Kathryn Crofts

Management Apprentice of the year

Employer: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

Michael Hewlett

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the year

Employer: Nene Jag Specialist

Cameron Carr

Plumbing Apprentice of the year

Employer: ECOPLUMB

Alex Bird

Sport Apprentice of the year

Employer: Alive Leisure

Matthew Cooper

Team Leader Apprentice of the year

Employer: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

Summer Harrison

Electrotechnical Apprentice of the year
& Kevin Clarke Award

Employer: Sibelco UK

Christopher Russell

Kevin Clarke Award

Employer: Pike Textiles Display Ltd

Jessica Ding

Business Administration Apprentice of the year

What David Pomfret, CWA Principal, had to say on the night

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.