Apprentices Reveal Their Pride At Annual Awards Ceremony

Published: 25th May 2022

An awards ceremony recognising the achievements of apprentices and their contribution to the local economy has been held by The Sheffield College.

The College’s Apprenticeship Awards 2022 showcase the achievements of apprentices and celebrate the positive impact they have on their employers.

Apprenticeships enable young people and adults to earn as they learn on-the-job skills, study a qualification, progress in a career and gain employment afterwards.

The Sheffield College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in the city and region, which are backed by around 1,000 employers.

Approximately 2,500 apprentices are being trained across a wide range of sectors including accounting, construction, education, engineering and healthcare.

Apprentices and their family and friends, college staff and governors attended the ceremony held at Kelham Island Museum on May 19th, 2022.

Andrew Hartley, Executive Director of Commercial and Operations, The Sheffield College, said: “Congratulations to all of our award winners and finalists! It is clear that our apprentices are highly valued by their employers who are committed to developing a workforce that is future ready.”

He added: “It was great to return to hosting a face to face celebration and to see how apprenticeships are transforming lives and inspiring young people and adults in their careers by boosting their confidence, knowledge and skills.”

This year’s awards winners are:

  • Young Apprentice of the Year – Daisy Ross, Bell and Buxton Solicitors
  • Higher Apprentice of the Year – Jodie Brookes, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  • Adult Achievement Award – Molly Wright, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Employers’ Choice Award – Phoebe Clarkson, Mowbray Accounting Ltd
  • Community Champion Award – Sarah James, Bluebird Care
  • Innovation Award – Russell Wilson, 3Sixty Financial Solutions Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Mehmet Yavuz, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  • Chair of Governors’ Choice Award – Emily Askew, Michelle’s Flowers Ltd
  • Employer of the Year – Henry Boot Construction

Russell Wilson, 19, a business administration apprentice at 3Sixty Financial Solutions Ltd, won the Innovation Award. His responsibilities include developing and growing the company’s social media presence.

Russell said: “I feel ecstatic! It is an honour to receive this award. An apprenticeship is a really good route to take. It’s impacted my career in a really positive way.”

He added: “My long term goal is to become a mortgage advisor and then work up from there. My advice to others is - whatever job you want to do, just go for it!”

Phoebe Clarkson, 20, is an AAT accounting apprentice at Mowbray Accounting Ltd and won the Employers’ Choice Award.

Phoebe said: “I am a bit gobsmacked and feel really proud of myself! I enjoy the fact that every day is different and I am continually learning.

“I would like to work my way up to become a director. There’s massive potential working in a small business.”

Emily Askew, 19, is a floristry apprentice at Michelle’s Flowers Ltd and won the Chair of Governors’ Choice Award.

Emily said: “I feel excited and really glad to have won an award. I started a Saturday job four years-ago and was really interested in what everyone else was doing.

“I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to learn professional skills. Going to the College has had a good impact. My strongest area is creating floral displays for caskets and wreaths, involving personalised funeral requests and special tributes, which I find very rewarding.”

The College’s Apprenticeship+ service enables employers to get the skills they need and students to become highly employable.

Currently, the College has around 50 apprenticeship vacancies ranging from a classroom assistant and dental nurse technician to a kitchen chef and sales office administrator. Follow @ShefColAppsPlus

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