PME Group South West Apprenticeship Awards Winner

The awards now in their 13th year, showcase many success stories and the benefits of apprenticeships across England.

Businesses and apprentices fought off tough competition by demonstrating how employers are growing their own talent with apprenticeships and how apprentices have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. The top apprentices and employers winners and highly commended entries were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Holiday Inn, Taunton.

This year’s winners for the South West are:

Apprentice categories:

  • Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Carrie Butterworth, Newnham and Jordan Solicitors
  • EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Bethan Jones, Poole Borough Council
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Malgorzata Barzowska, Airbus Operations Limited

And highly commended:

  • Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Megan Mounty, Wiltshire Council
  • EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Brett Walter, South West Water PLC
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Alistair Wheeler, British Telecom
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Craig Capel, HepcoMotion

Employer categories:

  • Unilever Small Employer of the Year: PME Power Systems Group Ltd
  • Medium Employer of the Year: Superior Seals Ltd
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: GKN Aerospace, Filton
  • EON Award for Macro Employer of the Year: Mitie Group PLC
  • Rolls-Royce Award for Newcomer Large Employer of the Year: Bond Dickinson LLP

And highly commended in the employer categories are:

  • Unilever Small Employer of the Year: CentraHeat Heating & Plumbing Ltd
  • Medium Employer of the Year: Kiddi Caru
  • Medium Employer of the Year: Brookside Academy
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: Eden Project
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: Plymouth City Council
  • EON Award for Macro Employer of the Year: Mears Ltd
  • EON Award for Macro Employer of the Year: Royal Air Force

Following the 6 regional ceremonies taking place across England, winners from each category will have their entries sent for national judging. Three from each category will then be selected as national finalists. The very best employer category entries are also in the running to feature in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list 2016.

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said:

Apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity, giving young people and adults the chance they deserve to get on and fulfil their potential.

Congratulations to everyone that has taken part in the National Apprenticeship Awards so far and the winners representing the South West. They have demonstrated just how much businesses and learners can gain from an apprenticeship.

Sue Husband, director, National Apprenticeship Service, added:

The National Apprenticeship Awards enable talented apprentices and committed employers to receive the recognition they truly deserve. Our awards not only celebrate the achievements of apprentices and businesses alike but they also encourage others to get involved in apprenticeships.

Today’s winners are the best of the best in the South West. I congratulate each and every one of them on their success and for those heading to the national finals, the very best of luck.

National award winners and the Top 100 Employers will be announced at a ceremony held on 20 January 2017 in London.

This year’s sponsors for the South West awards are Brend Hotels and DCH Group.

To find out more information about apprenticeships or the apprenticeship awards visit GOV.UK.

Alternatively call 08000 150 600 or follow @apprenticeships on Twitter or National Apprenticeship Service on LinkedIn.