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28 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, schools, careers leads, training providers, apprenticeship champions and employers have been named as finalists for the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019.

This year’s awards received a large amount of nominations in all 10 categories, and the finalists will join hundreds of businesses and guests at the awards finals at 6:30pm on Thursday 14 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners of each category will be announced.

The Awards’ judges commented that the shortlist reflects ‘the increasing popularity of apprenticeships as the best route to earn as you learn’. Apprentices can earn between £77,000 to £117,000 more than those with similar qualifications and with A-Level results and GCSE results recently published, the judges are expecting to see many more young people select apprenticeships as their preferred option.

The black-tie ceremony will be presented by the former British Paralympic swimmer and gold medallist, Marc Woods, who is set to welcome an audience of 350 people to the event. The popular ceremony will recognise outstanding achievement in the two overall awards of Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, which is sponsored by Southco Manufacturing and Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I would like to congratulate all those who have been named as finalists at this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. Each year we see the very best of the county’s high-quality Apprenticeships recognised for their fantastic achievements, and I know that these young apprentices can go on to be the business leaders of the future. I’m sure that this year will be another popular reflection of our county’s dedicated schools, businesses and training providers.”

Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, added: “Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for this year’s awards ceremony. Apprenticeships continue to have a huge impact in Worcestershire by helping apprentices and their employers to grow and achieve their ambitions.”

For more information on taking an apprenticeship, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website,

Awards Finalists 2019

School of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Children’s First

  • Pershore High School – Pershore
  • King Charles High School – Kidderminster 

Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by The Community Housing Group

  • Rachel Layton – Give As You Live – Evesham
  • Laura Barrett – Amada – Kidderminster
  • Abigail Bradley  – Sanctuary Group – Worcester

Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OGL Computer Ltd

  • Bethany Addis – Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd – Worcester
  • Katie Turner – Amada – Kidderminster
  • Joe Hosie – Tim Whittington Farriery – Inkberrow

Higher Level Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by University of Worcester

  • Thomas Smith – DRPG –  Hartlebury
  • Georgia Williams – Fresh Nous – Worcester
  • Aidan Horton – Malvern Panalytical – Malvern

Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

  • Give As You Live – Evesham
  • The Priory Forge – Inkberrow
  • Payara Malvern

Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers Association

  • Phosters (FM) Ltd – Kidderminster
  • SJL Insurance Services – Worcester
  • Heller Machine Tools Redditch

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – sponsored by Amada UK Ltd

  • Open GI  – Worcester
  • Southco Manufacturing UK – Worcester
  • Sanctuary GroupWorcester

Careers Lead of the Year – sponsored by Fortis Living

  • Claire Watson – Dyson Perrins – Malvern
  • Jane Tozer Prince Henry’s School – Evesham
  • Louise Laxton – Trinity High School Redditch

Apprenticeship Champion of the Year – sponsored by Fusion – Building Better Opportunities

  • Ben Hyde – Sanctuary Group – Worcester
  • Alison Young – Advance Trust – Evesham

Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Sanctuary Group

  • LMPQ Worcester
  • WGTA – Worcester
  • TDM – Worcester

Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Southco Manufacturing
The Apprentice of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd

The Apprenticeship Employer of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.