The winners of the National Apprenticeship Awards were announced on Thursday at an event in the company of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Three apprentices and five employers, as well as a former apprentice, won the prizes in nine categories in this tenth year of the awards.
Clegg said that the government had succeeded in creating one and a half million new apprenticeships and among the factors that helped was events like the National Apprenticeship Awards as well as the willingness of businesses to give apprentices a chance.
In the Learndirect Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year category the winner was Lydia Webster, working for Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in Truro. The Excellence, Achievement & Learning (EAL) Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year award went to Sadie Hawkins from IBM United Kingdom in Winchester. The prize in the Unilever Higher Apprentice Apprentice of the Year category was won by Jessica Kirby from Cirkle Communications in Beaconsfield and the City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year was Chloe Gailes from Barclays Bank in Knutsford.
In the employer categories, the Livity Macro Employer of the Year (5000+ employees) prize went to BT and the award for BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year (250-4,999 employees) was grabbed by BAM Nutall Ltd, based in Camberley. The Medium Employer of the Year (25-249 employees) award, sponsored by the Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies, went to Walter Smith Fine Foods from Birmingham and the Jaguar Land Rover-sponsored Small Employer of the Year prize went to Fairfield Control Systems from Newark. The Investors in People award for Apprenticeship Newcomers was handed to HSBC Bank in Birmingham.