BRIDGWATER & Taunton College (BTC) held their annual Learning Awards ceremony at the McMillan Theatre.
The annual awards ceremony brings together their employer partners, apprentices and staff for an evening of celebration.
The judges had the unenviable task of narrowing down the record number of nominations to just 15 winners to receive recognition for their hard work and contribution to their organization.
The winners were announced by Matt Tudor, Director of Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships.
Matt said: “The achievements of our apprentices are outstanding which makes the judging process difficult.
“The opportunities offered by our employer partners are staggering, from working on oil rigs and submarines to contributing to the well-being of the most vulnerable in our community, with apprentices contributing from the start to organizations.
“The skills learned on the job will prepare apprentices for great careers in their chosen fields. »
The evening included videos of employers and apprentices describing their work with guest speakers Caroline Noon, Head of Learning at the National Trust, and Kathryn Tanner, Electrical Design Apprentice at Cavendish Nuclear, delivering keynote speeches on the importance learning for organizations and how they fill the skills gap in the UK.
The event was kindly sponsored by Learning Curve, NCFE, Tradebe Inutec, Whittlesea Mortgages, the Colleges Partnership, Notebook Assessment Services, University Center Somerset, the McMillan Theatre, the Walled Gardens of Cannington, the National College for Nuclear and the Quantock Restaurant .
Rising Star of the Year was awarded to co-winners Georgia Sellick and Joshua Wilkins. Georgia, who is currently embarking on her Level 3 apprenticeship as a chef de partie, has gone from pot washer to chef de partie in her own right.
The fact that her teammates dubbed her “Hero” says it all. As part of his job, Joshua recently had to complete his basic sea survival and emergency training.
This was a week-long hands-on training covering HSE for work in the North Sea, survival suits, underwater rebreathers, firefighting, first aid, lifeboats, rescue pods and helicopter evacuation.
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Mia-Ann Churchley, who completed her Level 2 apprenticeship in adult social care, working at the Rectory care home. Mia’s employers said “Mia is way beyond her years with her attitude towards life in general.”
The Advanced Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Chiara Giannetti, who is currently completing her Level 3 veterinary apprenticeship.
Chiara’s employer, the Vale Vet Group, said of her that “despite balancing work, night shifts and hybrid online delivery during the COVID lockdowns, Chiara passed all of her exams and assignments for the first time, and achieved distinction marks in most of them”.
Senior Apprentice/Diploma of the Year was awarded to Ryan Sanders, who is completing his Level 4 Farm Business Management apprenticeship, and in his nomination, his employer said: ‘On a recent visit, I saw him confirm a large order with a livestock company, discuss a finance deal on a tractor and negotiate a price for diesel. It was quite overwhelming.
Work Experience/Industry Placement Individual of the Year was awarded to Christopher Moore.
His employer, Apuljack Electronics, is so impressed with his dedication and willingness to adapt and learn that he told him that a full-time job would be available to him upon completion of his course.
Small Employer of the Year was awarded to Matravers Engineering, a small family business that now has over 25 apprentices who have completed their training, with their current apprentices working with local schools to promote engineering.
The Average Employer of the Year was awarded to Ensinger Plastics Ltd, which has run an apprenticeship scheme for over 25 years, invests heavily in training and takes pride in the retention of its apprentices.
The Large Employer of the Year was awarded to the NHS Somerset Foundation Trust, which not only faced immense pressure in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also continued to invest in and support learning, development and staff welfare throughout.
Most recently, they partnered with the College to launch the first-ever Associate in Nursing program for continuing education trainees and a registered nursing apprenticeship program.
They also offered internships to 18 BTC T Level Health (Nursing) students and, in the 20/21 academic year, supported 43 people in non-nursing apprenticeships within the trust.
Employer of the Year in Work Experience/Industry Placement was awarded to Rebecca Anne Designs, a one-man business that designs bespoke bridal veils.
Rebecca, the owner of the company, said she remembered the opportunities from her own internship and wanted to be able to emulate that experience for students wanting to work in her growing industry.
The T-Level Employer of the Year went to Willmott Dixon, who said of their work placements, “We treat our work experience students as if they’re part of the team. We think it’s extremely important that they have real building experience”.
The BTC Champion for Apprenticeships or Industry Internships from Employer of the Year was awarded to the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency currently employs over 150 Apprentice Water Environment Workers (WEWs).
WEW learning has been running at the Environment Agency for just over two years and they have managed to host seven cohorts to date.
The College would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their successes.
Bridgwater & Taunton College currently works with over 1,400 employers, from local micro-businesses to global corporations.
It is also the only UK college to have received a National College and Institute of Technology, and is well on its way to achieving its ambitions of being a world-class provider of further and higher education.
For more information on apprenticeship studies at Bridgwater & Taunton College or if you are looking to recruit an apprentice, visit our website or email email@example.com.
Here are more photos from the event.