On 28th June we celebrated the efforts and achievements of our apprentices and employers over the past year at our annual Apprentice Awards.

LMC Principal Wes Johnson opened the event, welcoming the finalists and their guests and spoke of the college's links with the community and local employers. Wes said how difficult it had been to narrow down the entries to the finalists and winners.

Coun. Roger Mace, Right Worshipful Mayor of Lancaster, then spoke about the history of the apprenticeship scheme, his own experience as an apprentice and his desire to promote apprenticeships during his year in office.

Karen Pecsvaradi, Head of Faculty for Construction and Engineering thanked employers, apprentices and training coordinators for their hard work and then introduced each award, telling the audience a little about why each finalist had been nominated.

The winners were:

Best Team Player

Winner: Kate Wells, Business Administration Level 2 Apprenticeship,  Trust Medical Ambulance Service, nominated by Natalie Lisgo

In her nomination, Natalie said: "Kate is a joy to work with. Every day she goes above and beyond to get her job done and support others. Her work ethic is outstanding and she's a great example for our company values, which are Patient and Customer Focus, Passion, Teamwork and Respect. She's become a very independent worker and knows when to ask questions or for support. She is a delight to work with and an asset to our department and company."

Runner up: Eve Frith, Lancaster & Morecambe College

Most Improved Apprentice

Winner: Rustom English, IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional Apprenticeship Level 2 Apprenticeship, Net Development Ltd, nominated by Anette Ritson.

In her nomination, Annette said: "When Rustom joined us in October, he was always keen to learn but, as expected, he was slower than a fully trained developer. He has spent a lot of time honing his skills and learning from his team members to become a really efficient and knowledgeable member of our team. His skills have increased exponentially and he is now a really valued resource and able to work at the same speed as our other developers. He has a great attitude to work and interacts exceptionally well with his colleagues to learn from them and also to share his learning. He is willing to ask questions, but he learns from the answers and constantly improves. He also drives his own learning, often reading, researching and practising in his own time. He works above and beyond his job description, and will always offer to help others. He has truly exceeded all of our expectations of having an apprentice."

Runner up: Laura Scott, Lancaster & Morecambe College

Highly Commended: Amelia Haygarth, Trust Medical Ambulance Service, Samantha Burns, Chapleys, and Chris Woollard, Lancaster & Morecambe College.

Most Dedicated Apprentice

Winner: Claudia Lourie, Hairdressing Level 2 Apprenticeship, D F Studio, nominated by Jackie Payne.

In her nomination, Jackie said: "Claudia uses her initiative and is very proactive. Her hairdressing ability has improved so much and I have every confidence to let her get on with cuts and know she won't make any mistakes. She is excellent at keeping to time and works well under pressure without getting stressed. Her dedication to work is excellent, she has a great work ethic and makes all clients feel welcome. She does everything she is asked to straight away and thoroughly."

Runners up: Laura Scott, Lancaster & Morecambe College and Rustom English, Net Development Ltd.

Best Business Contribution

Winner: Darcie Whitehead, Business Administration, OEP Building Services, nominated by Iain Crabtree.

In his nomination, Iain said: Darcie joined OEP to help our busy office with administrative tasks and looking after reception, but it quickly became evident that she was capable of contributing towards our construction business on a much higher level, so we promoted her to the project team and suggested she apply to do a degree in construction part time at UCLan of which she has now completed the first two years. Darcie is now a key member of our team and whilst she works well under instruction she is also capable of developing processes to make her role more efficient. Darcie has been a great find for OEP and we are grateful to LMC for their support throughout her apprenticeship."

Runners up: Kieran Scarr, Paul Scarr and Son and Ashton McLachlan, Philip Jones Opticians.

Employer of the Year

The Employer of the Year award was presented by Vicky Lofthouse of Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce.

Winner: Trust Medical Ambulance Service, nominated by Amelia Haygarth and Kate Wells

Kate and Amelia both spoke of how their manager, Natalie had helped them to develop their confidence, gave them guidance where required, but encouraged independent thinking and decision making. They felt supported and motivated and that there was an excellent working relationship with their assessor. They both also spoke of how their Natalie was an excellent role model, with Kate saying "Natalie was an apprentice herself when she started at Trust Medical, so she has been able to understand what we are doing and has more knowledge of how to complete certain tasks which has been a huge help for me. Natalie is also an ambulance care assistant on the road and when she tells us about her experiences on the road it makes me want to be just like her, ambitious and hard working. Trust Medical would not be the same for me if Natalie was not my team leader."

Apprentice of the Year

This award is chosen from the four category winners

Winner: Rustom English

 For more photos of the event, please see our Facebook gallery




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