The second Leeds Apprenticeship Awards took place at Leeds Civic Hall on Tuesday 12 March 2013.
Winners were presented with awards for their excellent work and contribution to the city’s businesses either through taking part in an apprenticeship or offering apprenticeships.
Gordons LLP and BAM Construction shared the award for ‘apprenticeship ambassador’ as recognition for their passion in the promotion of the apprenticeship message and for showcasing how businesses can provide opportunities for young people.
The ‘outstanding contribution’ award went to NG Bailey for their work in increasing apprentices throughout their sub-contractors and the reviewed apprenticeship programme they now offer within the company.
Morley MOT & Service Centre received ‘small employer of the year’ for demonstrating a real commitment to prioritising the learning and development of their apprentices coupled with a clear understanding of how to allow young people to get the most from their apprenticeship. Arena won the ‘medium employer of the year’ award, for their commitment to investment in training to provide long term career prospects and for their recognition of the impact of apprentices on their business.
Thebigword, were awarded ‘large employer of the year’ for the development of their Apprenticeship programme which promotes local jobs for local people whilst providing career progression for all young people joining the organisation as an apprentice.
Individually, Dionne Flemming, East North East Homes Leeds, Daniel Marsay, Morrison FS and Lee Spark working, BAM Construction won the award for ‘intermediate apprentice of the year’. All three were commended as apprentices who ‘go the extra mile’ and for their progression in the workplace where they have excelled in everything they do.
Emma Chilton, Unilever, Sarah Garnett, Telefónica UK Limited and Paul Stevens, Keepmoat were awarded ‘advanced apprentice of the year’ for their adaptability to change coupled with their determination, commitment and exceptional personal qualities.
Rachel Appleby, also of Telefónica UK Limited was awarded ‘higher apprentice of the year’ for her leadership in mentoring other apprentices at the company and going far and above what is expected from her role.
The ‘against all odds’ award was given to Karen Atkinson, Leeds City Council. Karen has shown sensitivity in her role dealing with children and an exceptional ability to strive in her own life and use this experience to help others
The awards are delivered by Leeds City Council in partnership with Leeds City College, Leeds College of Building and National Apprenticeship Service.
We would like to thank the following organisations whose support made the awards possible: