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Apprenticeship Awards Cymru
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 Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
The awards ceremony, held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, brought together the cream of learners, employers and training providers across Wales, who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships, Jobs Growth Wales and Apprenticeship programmes. The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Thirty-three 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, 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.
Traineeship Learner of the Year (Engagement) – Cassidy Jones
Traineeship Learner of the Year (Level 1) – Angharad Jones
The Jobs Growth Wales Outstanding Achiever of the Year - Marc Pugh
Foundation Apprentice of the Year - Niall Perks
Apprentice of the Year - Maria Brooks
Higher Apprentice of the Year - Jamie Stenhoff
Small Employer of the Year Award - Crimewatch Alarms Ltd and CW Electrical,.
Medium Employer of the Year - Arthur J. Gallagher
Large Employer of the Year - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
The Macro Employer of the Year - BT PLC
Work-based Learning Assessor of the Year award – Mark McDonough
Work-based Learning Tutor of the Year - Chris Hughes
Wales’ Minister for Skills and Science Julie James congratulated the winners and award finalists.
“We are proud to be delivering one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in Europe with success rates in Wales remaining well above 80 per cent,” she said.
“Developing skilled people is vital for our economy. We have some truly exceptional apprentices here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Equally important are the learning providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their apprentices.”
“Congratulations to all the award finalists who are proof of the successful partnership approach to skills development in Wales by the government, employers, apprentices and learning providers working together to deliver lasting results and the best apprenticeship system in the UK.”
The other finalists were: Traineeship Learner of the Year (engagement): Cameron Thomas and Leon Proudlock. Traineeship Learner of the Year (level one): Darren Watts, Rhys Pugh. Jobs Growth Wales: Callum Jones and Oliver Chatfield.
Foundation Apprentice of the Year: Gwilym Bowen Rhys and Rhys Donovan. Apprentice of the Year: Leanne Williams and Michael Leach. Higher Apprentice of the Year: Adam Harvey and Matthew Edwards. Work-based Learning Assessor and Tutor of the Year: Lisa Marie Winter and Michael Ramsden.
Small Employer of the Year: Ken Picton Salon and University of South Wales Child Care Services Department. Medium Employer of the Year: Little Inspirations and Values in Care Ltd. Large and Macro Employer of the Year: Argos, OP Chocolate, and Innogy Renewables UK.