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Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2017

A dynamic approach to training and skills development by employers and learning providers across Wales and inspirational individual success stories were celebrated at this year’s prestigious awards.

The awards ceremony, held at Celtic Manor, Newport, brought together the best of learners, employers and training providers from across Wales, who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes, part funded through the European Social Fund.

30 star learners, employers and learning providers involved in the delivery of a range of successful skills programmes across Wales were shortlisted for the prestigious awards with 11 winners. Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.

Winners 2017

Traineeships Learner of the Year (Engagement)

Jordan William Jones

Traineeships Learner of the Year (Level One)

Emily Wintle

Foundation Apprentice of the Year

Samuel Jones

Apprentice of the Year

Stephen Pickles

Higher Apprentice of the Year

Peter Rushforth

Small Employer of the Year (1 to 49 employees)

Happy Horse Retirement Home Ltd

Medium Employer of the Year (50 to 249)

Cyfle Building Skills Ltd

Large Employer of the Year (250 to 4,999)

Intellectual Property Office, Newport

Macro Employer of the Year (5,000 plus)

Tata Steel UK Limited

Work-based Learning Assessor of the Year

Sue Jeffries

Work-based Learning Tutor of the Year

Ros Smith


Traineeships Learner of the Year (Engagement): Billy Brown, Barry whose learning provider is The People Business Wales Ltd and Catherine Grace Cox, Tregarth, Bangor.

Traineeships Learner of the Year (Level One): Joshua O’Leary, Tredegar and Kirsty Redmond, Merthyr Tydfil, both from Peopleplus, Merthyr Tydfil.

Foundation Apprentice of the Year: Joe Lewis, Port Talbot who works for Vale Europe Limited; Sophie Hendy, Llandudno who works for Tommy’s Hair Company.

Apprentice of the Year: Adam Griffiths, Ynysybwl, Pontypridd who works for Rhonda Cynon Taff County Borough Council and Corey Jones, Wrexham who works for Aldi, Mold.

Higher Apprentice of the Year: Megan Hession, Llanishen, Cardiff who works for Montana Health Care, Caerphilly and Rebecca Crook, St Athen who works for Little Inspirations Day Nursery, Barry.

Small Employer of the Year Archway Court, Cardiff.

Medium Employer of the Year: Celtica Foods, Cross Hands, Llanelli; and Electroimpact UK Ltd, Hawarden.

Large Employer of the Year: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport; and Redrow Homes, Tamworth.

Macro Employer of the Year: Deloitte LLP, Cardiff.

Work-based Learning Assessor of the Year: Emma Huggins, Rhoose who works for ACT Training and Cardiff; Kelly Nancarrow, Trevethin, Cwmbran who works for Torfaen Training.

Work-based Learning Tutor of the Year: Matthew Owen from Aspiration Training Limited, St Mellons, Cardiff.

By recruiting an apprentice you can; reduce costs, create a pool of talent and a skilled workforce, expand your business and much more. All businesses in Wales of any size can benefit so register your interest now to find out more and recruit your apprentices today.

Anyone in Wales over the age of 16 can apply for an apprenticeship and benefit from the opportunities offered. For more information about becoming an apprentice, visit and follow the apprenticeships link.