Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Published 13 June

A sunny evening at Skipton Castle provided the perfect setting for the inaugural Craven College Apprenticeship Awards. After a fizz and canapé reception, award-winning Apprentices, their employers and guests took part in the ceremony where winners and runners up were announced in a total of 7 categories.

Richard Swires, Apprenticeship Manager started the evening by saying, ‘Congratulations to all our finalists and winners of the Craven College Apprenticeship Awards 2019.

The Apprenticeship Awards are a great opportunity to showcase the excellent employment opportunities we have in the local area. Together we are developing highly skilled and talented individuals whilst contributing to the growth of local businesses and the economy.

Apprentices – These awards are designed to celebrate everything you have achieved throughout your Apprenticeship and recognise your contribution to your workplace. You have all demonstrated excellent skills and knowledge specific to your chosen vocation whilst at the same time you have grown and developed in your professionalism.

Employers -Although we are immensely proud of our Apprentice’s achievements, none of this would be possible without you! We are also here to celebrate your dedication and commitment to train and develop an Apprentice and give them the opportunity to start a career in your business.

Craven College Apprenticeships have been graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in 2016 and again in 2018. This is something we can all be proud of as it is through our strong relationships with you, our employers, the expertise and support of the College staff and Apprenticeship Team and dedication and hard work of our Apprentices that have made this possible.

Well done to all our finalists and winners here today. We are extremely proud of you and wish you all the best for your continued development in your career!

Lindsey Johnson, Director of Business and Community Development, who revealed the winners and runners up added ‘Out of the 650 Craven College Apprentices, it is a great honour for the award winners to even be nominated. ‘

The categories were as follows:

  1. Most Improved Apprentice

An Apprentice who may have had a rocky start or has had to battle through learning barriers, confidence issues and other obstacles and has made a significant improvement throughout their Apprenticeship.

Emily Hodges 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Winner: Emily Hodges Bowland Bioenergy Ltd

Runner-up: Annie Parker Stainton Hall Farm


  1. Outstanding Working Relationship with Customers

An Apprentice who has gone above and beyond in Customer Service, has built a good rapport with customers/clients and made a real impression.

Sonny Adams 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Winner: Sonny Adams Squashed Pixel Ltd

Runner-up: Luke McCarthy CPOMS


  1. Outstanding Contribution to the Business

An Apprentice who has perhaps brought new skills to the business, engaged with new customers, hit or exceeded sales targets, made changes, used initiative and anything they have done that that has impacted on the business in a positive way.

Rebecca Nicholas Chloe Green 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Joint Winners: Chloe Green, Craven District Council & Rebecca Nicholas, Sigmat


  1. Rising Star

An award to recognise a high potential Apprentice – regardless of trade/sector. Someone who has a promising future in their chosen field.

Behalf of Sian Bentley 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Winner: Sian Bentley, Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Runner-up: Jack Bailey, Skipton Building Society


  1. Outstanding Skills

An Apprentice that has demonstrated that they have mastered the skills required for the job or gone the extra mile.

Samantha Philips 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Winner: Samantha Philips, Abacus Nursery & Pre-School

Runner-up: Aiden Cooper, KT Green Suburu & Isuzu


  1. Outstanding Apprentice Employer of the Year (nominated by Apprentices)

Bowland Bioenergy 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Winner: Bowland Bioenergy

Runner-up:Craven District Council


  1. Craven College Choice Award For Outstanding Employer (Nominated by Craven College staff)

Barnetts2 400x267 - Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Winner : Barnetts, Skipton

Since Craven College started delivering Apprenticeships, Barnetts have had the most Apprentices with us. Barnetts have excellent, regular in-house training each week in addition to the training the Apprentices receive in College, alongside a designated trainer who mentors them.


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