East Riding College’s annual apprenticeship awards ceremony was held during National Apprenticeship Week to celebrate the contribution that apprentices are making to the region’s businesses and to recognise the employers that are supporting them.
The prestigious event was held at Beverley Racecourse, and saw over 100 guests celebrate the hard work and dedication of the apprentices and their employers. Apprentices were nominated by their assessors and employers, with the twelve Apprentice of the Year winners selected from over 400 apprentices training with the College. Businesses were nominated by the College’s Business Development team, in recognition of their contribution and commitment to training apprentices. Outstanding contribution awards were nominated by employers themselves, honouring their apprentices for making an outstanding contribution to their business. Winners ranged from younger apprentices to adult apprentices.
Handing over the awards were ER College Principal and Chief Executive Mike Welsh and Chairman of the Corporation Simon Wright
Bridlington apprentice Natasha Tait, aged 19, won Apprentice of the Year in the Customer Service and Warehousing category. Natasha works at Williamsons Solicitors and was commended for her hard work and enthusiasm. She has already progressed from general office assistant to the secretary in the property department.
Suzanne Spooner, Branch Manager at Williamsons in Bridlington said, “We are extremely proud of Natasha for winning the award she has a very bright future ahead. She has progressed since joining us and I would recommend employing apprentices to other organisations, as not only are you investing in their future, you’re also investing in the future of your own business.”
Natasha, aged 19 from Bridlington said, “It was a fantastic surprise and I was really chuffed to be nominated by my assessor and to go on to win the award. When they said it was out of hundreds of apprentices, I felt really proud.”
Harry Brear, also from Bridlington, won the Apprentice of the Year Award for Computing and IT, and works at Kingspan Access Floors Ltd in Hull.
Apprentice Alex Vickerman won his award for his Engineering and Motor Vehicle work whilst working for his employer Monument Garage at Flamborough. His boss and Monument owner Rob Harper said: “He came to work for me at aged 15 on work experience and in his school holidays. He was very keen and messaged me regularly asking to come into work. I am immensely proud of him and he is shaping up to be a top-class mechanic.”