Awards celebrate top apprentices in the city

Businesses and apprentices across Leeds were celebrated at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards 2013 at Civic Hall last night.

Over 13 winners were presented with awards for their excellent work and contribution to the city’s economy.

Gordons LLP and BAM Construction shared the award for ‘apprenticeship ambassador’ for their work in spreading the apprenticeship message and for showcasing how advantageous employing an apprentice can be.

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 clear understanding of how to allow young people to get the most from their apprenticeships, prioritising learning and development. The medium employer of the year was given to the Arena Group, document management specialists, who have realised the potential for apprentices to have a bigger impact to their business and are now in the process of trying to integrate more into the business

The bigword, were awarded ‘large employer of the year’ for their apprenticeship programme to develop young, local people to do jobs in the city whilst also implementing a career progression scheme for anyone joining their organisation at an apprentice level.

Individually, Dianne Flemming working with East North East Homes Leeds, Daniel Marsay working for Morrison FS and Lee Spark working with BAM construction won the award for ‘intermediate apprentice of the year’. All three were commended for their ability to hit the ground running and exceeding expectations as apprentices.

Sarah Garnett, who is working with O2, and Paul Stevens who is working with Keepmoat were awarded ‘advanced apprentice of the year’ for having a positive impact on other apprentices and really growing within their roles, taken full advantage of the opportunities they are given.

Rachel Appleby, also working with O2, was awarded ‘higher apprentice of the year’ for her leadership in mentoring other apprentices at the company and going far and above of what is expected from the role she is in.

The ‘against all odds’ award was given to Karen Atkinson, who is working in children’s services at Leeds City Council. Karen has shown sensitivity in her role dealing with children and an exceptional ability to strive and help others in life.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:

“The apprenticeship awards are an excellent way for the city to celebrate our top apprentices and businesses that are playing such a key role to drive skills in the city.

“The calibre of entries for this year’s awards has been very high, and it is great to see so many people involved. I would like to congratulate all the winners, but also everyone who was nominated, for this fantastic achievement.

“As a city we are completely committed to apprentices, with over 14000 apprenticeships having been created in Leeds over the last two years.

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of providing people with a new set of skills and knowledge. They offer an employer a good opportunity to employ and develop local talent.”

Notes to editors:

For pictures or more information on the winners please contact the press office.

Partners involved in the event included Leeds City Council, Leeds College of Building and the National Apprenticeship Service.


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

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