Wakefield College celebrates Apprentice success…

Wakefield College’s newly opened Beaumont Building was the backdrop for Wakefield College’s annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony last week. Local business leaders and dignitaries were joined by senior college staff and governors to celebrate the success of apprentices and employers at the glittering awards evening. 

The fifth annual ceremony was the culmination of activities at Wakefield College to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week, recognising those who have shown hard work and commitment, both in their College work and in their workplace. Businesses that provide apprentices with exceptional support and mentoring were also acknowledged at the ceremony.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Wakefield Metropolitan District, Councillor Charles Keith, families, Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright, and nominees in both ‘Employer’ and Apprentice’ categories.

This year’s winners included:

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by YPO
Joanna Priestly

Advanced Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by ENGIE
Cora Lundy

Higher Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence
Claire Wilkinson

Wakefield College Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Wakefield College
Ellie Wright

New Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Sponsored by Wakefield College Business Development
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

 Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Presented by the Mayor of Wakefield
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

SME Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Sponsored by WMDC
Specialist Tooling Technologies

Executive Director for Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships, Joanne Taylor said. “Apprenticeships at Wakefield College continue to go from strength to strength and we are delighted so many friends and families could join us. Our fifth annual Apprenticeships Awards Ceremony was another successful event and the perfect opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution apprentices and employers are making to the local economy.”