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‘Star’ Apprentices honoured with awards

March 28, 2013

Top performing Apprentices from across the region were named winners at West Cheshire College’s Star Apprenticeship Awards on Tuesday 12th March at the College’s science and technologies Campus in Chester.

Martyn Cray from Vauxhall presented the top performing Apprentices with their awards

The Awards were held as part of the College’s National Apprenticeship Week (11th-15th March) celebrations and recognised 18 of the College’s most talented Apprentices from industry sectors including pharmacy, beauty, retail, engineering and health & social care.

Megan Smith, 18, from Heswall, completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy working at Neston Natural Health and Beauty Clinic.

She said: “I decided to do an Apprenticeship as you get the best of both worlds. You complete the theory work on how to do the treatments and also get the chance to put it into practice when in the salon.

“I had the opportunity to do treatments every day, so it really helped to improve my skills. I know that employers really value the experience that I have gained through the Apprenticeship.”

Sam Roberts, from Bolton, started an Apprenticeship at Unilever when he was 16 years old. At 21- he has secured a permanent role with the company with excellent career progression opportunities.

Sam said: “Apprenticeships are the best way to get into engineering. Some of the best engineers in the industry have done an Apprenticeship and worked their way up.

“During the Apprenticeship, you are taught at a high level and have the opportunity to progress onto a Foundation Degree.”

Amongst the winners was Emma Wardle who was named Star Apprentice of the Year for her outstanding contribution during her Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Winners were presented with their awards by Martyn Cray, Plant Manager at Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port.

 “West Cheshire College do an excellent job with Apprenticeships, providing high calibre candidates to a range of companies in a wide variety of industry sectors and I have been overwhelmed with the talent here tonight.”

Helen Nellist, Acting Principal at West Cheshire College, said: “Apprenticeships provide huge benefits to both the individual and a business.

“Apprentices gain real-life work experience, earn a qualification and get paid. Whilst at the same time employers have the opportunity to bring in young, fresh talent and train their future workforce to their style of working. We have seen a significant increase in the number of Apprentices in the region and we expect this number to continue to rise as more and more businesses see the benefits.”

The Awards followed an Apprenticeships ‘Good for Business’ Conference for local employers which provided essential information on how to appoint an Apprentice and the funding available for businesses.

For more information call the College’s Apprenticeship hotline on 01244 656499 or visit


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