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Lancaster & Morecambe College recently acknowledged the achievements of apprentices, trainees, and employers at the 2022 Apprenticeship Awards during an evening of celebration, last month.
Following a 3-year hiatus, finalists and guests gathered with their LMC Training Coordinators in the Employer Hub on campus where Victoria Carter, Head of Engagement, warmly welcomed them.
This year felt even more special as it was the first time we have been able to hold the event since 2019. It is always difficult to choose the winners of these awards, because everyone who has been nominated deserves the accolade. Our apprentices have worked tirelessly throughout some very tough times and have achieved some excellent results, despite many of them having to complete the EPA during the lockdown restrictions.
We are immensely proud of ALL of them, not just the winners, and we know they will go on to great success in their chosen careers.
The ceremony was hosted by Jayne Roper, Apprenticeships Manager, and Kelly Lightfoot, Employer Engagement Advisor, who explained why the evening is her favourite out of the academic year:
The Apprenticeship Awards remains my favourite time of the year at work; I love presenting the awards and I am proud to be part of the College. Well done all learners and employers who were shortlisted this year, you are all winners.
Special recognition was given to Level 5 CMI Leadership & Management graduates, Helen Marsden and Sara Butler, who both received certificates for their efforts in completing the qualification during lockdown, whilst continuing to work full-time at Bay Medical Group.
Over 50 apprentices were nominated by their employers and the LMC apprenticeship team across 12 categories, including Rising Star and Outstanding Achievement, and it was a difficult task to choose the winners and runners-up. Kate Wood, of Thomas Graham & Sons, won the coveted ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award, and enthused about her experience:
Being an apprentice has taught me new skills that have prepared me for the future world of work, while gaining a qualification and earning my own money.
Lancaster & Morecambe College has supported me through the whole journey; the Skills Development Academy taught me about real-life experiences such as finances and planning for my future, and the Apprenticeship Team were always willing to help when I needed it.
Kate’s employer was equally appreciative of her dedication and willingness to learn, stating:
“Kate worked extra hard to put the hours into her portfolio and produced an outstanding piece of work. Kate is determined to succeed in all that she does and is now a huge part of our team with an extraordinary personality. We’re all so proud, and couldn’t imagine our office without her.”
An Apprenticeship is a perfect choice for those wishing to continue their studies and develop skills, knowledge and behaviours, while also earning a salary. It can be the first step in deciding a long-term career, or an opportunity to upskill and gain qualifications.
Lancaster & Morecambe College is proud to offer Apprenticeship vacancies in a range of subject areas including Business, Accounting, Marketing, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality & Catering, Retail, and Leadership & Management.