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Last night, 5 October 2023, was our Annual Apprenticeship Awards to celebrate the efforts and achievements over the last year of our Apprentices, Advisors, Tutors and Employers.
Although it was typical British weather outside and the rain was really pouring down, we had a great turn out for an evening of celebrations here on campus. The night started with canapés and drinks in The Lounge before heading over to The Hexagon Student & Learning Centre for the awards ceremony.
Our canapés for the evening were designed, created and cooked by our Hospitality & Catering students and included delicacies such as Blue Cheese Arancini Balls, Beetroot Relish Cream Horns, Smoked Salmon Dill Cream Cheese and Houmous and Charred Peppers as well as many others.
Our Principal, Danny, opened the evening with a speech about his previous experiences as an apprentice himself, before passing over to Kelly Lightfoot from our Employer Engagement Team to host the evening.
We started with a look back to see what last year's Apprentice of the Year 2022 has been up to, Kate Wood, before moving onto the first award, Rising Star of the Year Award 2023.
The Winner of this award was Elle Walsh with nominees including Paul Oliver, Harry Robinson and Josh Roberts.
The next award of the evening was the Outstanding Achievement Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Magdalene Powers with nominees including Bethany Atkinson, Joseph Wills and Lewis Derbyshire.
The third award of the evening was the Sustainability Champion of 2023. This was awarded to Imogen Dyson from David Franks for her amazing sustainable efforts during her apprenticeship.
The fourth award of the evening was Progress in Maths Award 2023. The Winner of the award was Joshua Copsey with the nominees including Sam Sykes, Conor Barnes and Lesley Dalby.
The fifth award of the evening was the Progress in English Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Berglind Ottsarsdottir with nominees including Aiden Williams, Neave Elgalal and Abigail Cunningham.
The sixth award of the night was the Skills Development Academy Progress Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Will Martin of St.John's Hospice with the nominees including Jude Walters, Amelia Jackson and Jamie Hennedy.
The seventh award of the night was the Traineeship Graduate Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Ben Clarkson who unfortunately couldn't make the awards evening so his assessor collected his award on his behalf.
The eighth award of the evening was the Staff Special Recognition Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Denise Almond with nominees including Alison Kaberry, Lindsey Darlington, Derek Bothwick and Adrian Law.
The ninth award of the evening was the Employer of the Year Award 2023. The Winner of this award was the Vale of Lune RUFC with nominees including NC Lancaster, SJA Building Services and Waters & Atkinson.
The tenth award of the evening was the Level 2 Apprentice of the Year Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Sean Lonsdale with nominees including Conor Barnes, Lauren Coyle and Jack Evans.
The eleventh award of the evening was the Level 3 Apprentice of the Year Award 2023. The Winner of this award was Nahim Rashid with nominees including Chloe Morris, Ellie Starkie and Carole Norris.
The twelfth award of the evening was the Level 5 Apprentice of the Year Award 2023. This was awarded to Sharon Mullen.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended from apprentices, to employers, to assessors, family members and friends and a huge congratulations to all nominees and winners of awards.
We would also like to say thank you to Woodcrest Garden Centre for decorating the evening with their lovely flowers and plants in bloom.
Please see below for more images that were taken on the night and if you want access to any others that were taken after the awards, please email O.firstname.lastname@example.org.