Apprentice stars honoured at inaugural awards

The first ever Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards saw the region’s brightest new stars celebrated at the glittering ceremony that took place on Tuesday (12th March) at the city’s iconic St George’s Hall.

The awards, presented by award winning comedian Neil Fitzmaurice, provided the perfect platform from which to recognise seven of the region’s best and brightest young apprentices and applaud the employers who support them.

The title of Halton’s Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old) went to Liverpool John Moores University apprenctice Alexander Fath. Alexander’s training provider is St Helen’s College.

He fought a tough battle to take home the award against fellow shortlisted apprentices Elly Campbell of Halton Housing Trust (training provider Riverside College) and Joe Elson of Halton Borough Council (training provider Myerscough College).

The title of Knowsley’s Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old) went to Jessica Whitehead. Jessica, whose training provider is Intraining, is employed by Davey’s Chemist.

Shortlisted were Daniel Carroll of ColorMatrix (training provider North West Training Council) and Mark Meadows of First Ark (training provider Knowsley Community College).

The winner of Liverpool’s Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old) accolade was Annett Foldesi. Annett, whose training provider is Liverpool Community College, is employed by Onion Deli.

Annett had stiff competition from fellow shortlisted apprentices Sean Millican of Wates Construction (training provider Liverpool Community College) and Chelsea Carr of Jaguar Land Rover (training provider Pera Training).

Jessica Oates took home the title of Sefton’s Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old). Jessica, whose training provider is Southport College, is employed by STORM Consultancy.

Also shortlisted were Craig Sharman of Jaguar Land Rover (training provide Peel Ports) and Wayne Dowling of Glendale Liverpool (training provider Myerscough College).

The winner of the St Helens’ Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old) category was Dean Sankey. Dean, whose training provider is St Helen’s College, is employed by St Helen’s Council.

Dean was up against fellow shortlisted apprentices Adam Carr of St Helens Council (training provider Central Training) and Daniel Crehan of Pilkington NSG (training provider Waterside Training).

Adam Hill was named Wirral’s Apprentice of the Year (16-24 years old). Adam, whose training provider is the Mercia Partnership, is employed by ProperGeeks.

Also shortlisted were Eamee Boden of The Reader Organisation (training provider Sysco) and Sarah Brogan of Russell Taylor Associates (training provider Wirral Metropolitan College).

The Liverpool City Region Apprentice of the Year Award 2013 (25 years and over) award went to Gemma Parkinson of Bridge Street Serviced Apartments, training provider Liverpool Chamber Training.

Also shortlisted were Katherine Conway of Absolute Hair Lounge (training provider Mode Training Ltd) and Thomas Bartley of WJCCPA Health and Social care (training provider St Helens College).

The ceremony also honoured the many employers in the region who support apprentices and their future career development.

The award for Liverpool City Region Apprentice Employer of the Year 2013 (SME) went to Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport.  Also shortlisted were Glendale Liverpool and Davey’s Chemist.

Wirral Partnership Homes was named Liverpool City Region Apprentice Employer of the Year Award 2013 (Large) after a closely fought battle with fellow shortlisted companies Cammel Laird and Merseytravel.

Finally the Liverpool City Region Apprentice Employer of the Year Award 2013 (Macro) title went to Jaguar Land Rover.

Also shortlisted were Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital and Halton Borough Council.

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