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Leading apprentices and employers recognised at Apprenticeship Awards

Cambridge Regional College (CRC) hosted its annual Apprenticeship Awards this week to celebrate the best apprentice employers and apprentices in the region.

The glittering Awards evening took place on Thursday, 7th March, at the College’s Park Restaurant where guests enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by catering and hospitality students whilst the awards were unveiled.

The best apprentice and best employer across different sectors were recognised and the evening’s culmination saw the awarding of the Overall Apprentice and Employer of the Year. Jemima Clayton, aged 20, an engineering apprentice from King’s Lynn, was announced as Cambridge Regional College’s Overall Apprentice of the Year 2019. Red House Day Nursery from Burwell was named Overall Apprentice Employer of the Year 2019. 

On picking up the award, Jemima said, “I am thrilled to have received this award. I never would have been able to achieve this without the support of my parents, the college staff and my amazing workplace mentor.”

Jemima is currently undertaking an Engineering Technician apprenticeship with her employer and leading medical device manufacturer, Bespak Europe. She received her award from Mark Robertson, CRC Principal and Chief Executive, who said:

“This year’s winner is an excellent role model for women in engineering as well as an exceptional ambassador for apprenticeships. Jemima has already been acting as a STEM Ambassador for her employer and we were delighted to welcome her in to college recently to inspire prospective learners at our Apprenticeship Fair. She’s shown a real ‘can do’ attitude and personal drive to succeed which has seen exemplary results in both her studies and in her work for her employer, making her an incredible addition to the Bespak team.

“At Cambridge Regional College we pride ourselves in providing the highest levels of teaching, learning and support to enhance the life chances and success of our learners, communities and employers. Our awards event was a fitting celebration of the hard work and dedication by all concerned and we wish all our winners good luck in their future careers and businesses.”

Apprentice of the Year 2019 winners

The winners of the sector Apprentice were Rebecca Brinkley (Business), Myra Gilks (Catering and Hospitality), Kira Paszik (Childcare & Early Years), Jordan Miller (Construction), Jemima Clayton (Engineering), Libby Franklin (Hair, Beauty & Barbering), Deborah Spatchurst (Health & Social Care), Deanne Stevens (Social Media & Digital Marketing), Camille Holland (Management & Professional), Phattharaphong Chaiyarat (Motor Vehicle), Abbie Lowe (Science) and Michael Roberts (Warehousing & Logistics). You can read all about our winners here :

Apprentice Employer of the Year 2019 winners

The Apprentice Employer of the Year winners in each area were Thrift Energy (Business), The Crown Inn, Linton (Catering & Hospitality), Red House Day Nursery (Childcare & Early Years), Paul Barrow Builders Ltd (Construction), Aixtron Ltd (Engineering), David William Hair Salon (Hair, Beauty & Barbering), Mike Riglin Nursing (Health & Social Care), Carl Zeiss (Social Media & Digital Marketing), Vanquish Auto Solutions (Motor Vehicle), Johnson Matthey (Science) and Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd (Warehousing & Logistics).

The range of apprenticeships available via Cambridge Regional College extends from Accounting, Business Administration and Digital Marketing to Brickwork, Beauty Therapy, Information Technology and various types of Engineering.  In total more than 30 specialist subjects are available across the spectrum of practical, vocational, professional and trade disciplines.

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