Top apprentices from the College of West Anglia were recognised at a special awards ceremony last week.
The celebration of their achievements was held during national Apprenticeship Week and the awards were presented by college principal David Pomfret.
Mr Pomfret said the college was committed to delivering a wide range of high-quality apprenticeship programmes, which have seen CWA apprentices win several awards, including medals at the Worldskills competition last year. He said the winners could be really proud of their achievements and were a credit to their employers and key to the success of the local economy.
He said: “I am passionate about the value of apprenticeships to both the apprentice and the employer.”
Mr Pomfret also congratulated employers who attended and thanked them for their support and their success in the last year. For the fifth year running CWA’s employers have been successful in the regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards – Top to Toe, of Wisbech, received highly commended small employer 2014 East of England.
The winning apprentices are employed across a wide area and cover numerous occupations.
These include electrotechnical, brickwork, childcare, administration, IT, motor vehicle, hospitality, engineering, plumbing, teaching assistant, warehouse and retail, lab technician, hairdressing, carpentry, health and social care, team leader and management, customer service and cultural operations and horticulture.
Apprentice hairdresser Ashleigh Everett, who is employed by Boldero & Filby in Lynn, won the college intermediate apprenticeship hairdressing competition. She will now start putting together her entries for the Hairdressing Council competition and World Skills 2015. This will involve Ashleigh creating an image for judging. If she is successful, the finals will take place in May at the L’Oreal Studios in London.
The prize for the Hairdressing Council competition includes a trophy, a day with Andrew Barton at his salon and a business lunch with the L’Oreal Colour Trophy winner Sophia Hilton and lunch at the House of Commons.
Ashleigh’s award was sponsored by Top to Toe in Wisbech and was presented by business owner Paul Davies.