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Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Cambridge Regional College’s annual Apprenticeship Awards 2019 took place 7th March as part of National Apprenticeship Week to celebrate the success of our apprentices and the regions employers. Our judging panel selected winners from each sector, celebrating their commitment to learning and development through apprenticeships. Our award winners and guests enjoyed an evening of live music from our  Music Students and a fantastic 3-course meal prepared and served by our Catering & Hospitality Students. 

Our big winners on the night were apprentice Jemima Clayton and employer Red House Day Nursery. Jemima, an engineering apprentice from Bespak, was chosen as Overall Apprentice of the Year 2019 for her approach to learning and acting as an STEM Ambassador to promote women in engineering. Our Overall Employer of the Year 2019 went to Red House Day Nursery for their excellent success in supporting apprentices to progress and achieve higher levels of professional development. 


Congratulations to our Apprentice and Employer of the Year 2019 winners, you can check them out below!

Our Winning Apprentices

Business Apprentice of the Year 2019
Rebecca Brinkley, Thrift Energy Ltd

Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Business Administration
Rebecca has always impressed her tutor with her professionalism, even when she was under pressure. She is a real asset to the organisation. Having worked hard to learn about the company and their processes in all areas. This has allowed her to be involved in supporting others. Rebecca has completed the qualification 6 months before her planned end date and has also added an extra unit.

Management & Professional Apprentice of the Year 2019

Camille Holland, Proquest Cambridge

Level 3 Diploma for Managers
Camille has taken on her Apprenticeship with a high level of commitment and enthusiasm. She has produced excellent work from the start and she has been promoted to a position where she now has line management responsibility for staff. Throughout her programme she has given 100% whilst balancing a busy job, her studies and her training; as she competes in Power Lifting competitions around the world.

Catering & Hospitality Apprentice of the Year 2019
Myra Gilks, Robinson College, University of Cambridge

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
Myra has excellent attendance and always works hard to learn more in class. She has embraced the Apprenticeship and being back in learning having been out of education for a number of years. She is 100% committed to gaining new skills in the industry. Myra is always pushing herself to do better, to develop herself academically and practically on the Apprenticeship. She is a real asset to her employer and peers.

Construction Apprentice of the Year 2019 

Jordan Miller, Paul Barrow Builders Ltd

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations
Jordan’s diligence with his NVQ has impressed his assessors, and is well ahead of target. He has adapted quickly to the workplace. Developed his professional skills and become a highly valued and trusted member of the team for his employer. He has had a hard working ethic from the start and we hope to see him progress on to level 3 when his level 2 is complete.

Engineering Apprentice of the Year 2019
Jemima Clayton, Bespak Ltd

Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Technical Support
Jemima has shown an excellent attitude throughout her whole Apprenticeship, striving to achieve the very best grades. She has always exceeded targets set even when those targets were stretched. She has a great can do attitude and Jemima has proved to be an excellent addition to the employer. She is a valued team member of her department and always strives to be the best she can. She acts as a STEM ambassador for the business and attends and leads many events to promote careers in this area.

Hair, Beauty & Barbering Apprentice of the Year 2019

Libby Franklin, Studio 88

Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing
Libby has demonstrated consistent dedication throughout her Apprenticeship. Libby has had outstanding attendance and an incredible drive for personal development. Libby continues to promote herself and has created a ‘blow-dry bar’ to support her skills and build clientele. The tutor frequently commented on Libby’s professionalism and ability to support other members of the team. Libby demonstrated strong managerial qualities.

Childcare & Early Years Apprentice of the Year 2019
Kira Paszik, Red House Day Nursery

Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
Kira was keen throughout her apprenticeship and met all of her targets. She is a valued member of the team and positive comments are always made about her work from her manager. She has been consistently positive throughout the course and always ahead of target. We chose a level 3 optional unit for her to complete as she took an interest in creativity and was capable of stepping up to that next level of work. (Picture shows Kira’s employer, Red House Day Nursery, accepting the award on her behalf the night of the awards)

Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year 2019

Deborah Spatchurst, Janes Care Group

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Such an amazing student with a commitment to learn and achieve. She is passionate about using what she learns to improve the lives of the people she supports in the care home. Debbie is an inspiration to others and an excellent role model to new staff. Observations of her in practice have shown her commitment to providing quality of care and how much of an asset to the organisation she is. Since completing the Apprenticeship Deborah has taken on more of a lead position in the service.

Social Media & Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year 2019
Deanne Stevens, JS Media

Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business
Deanne is a forward thinking individual and has played a very active role with her employer during her Digital Marketing & Social Media Apprenticeship. She has taken control of the tasks she has been given and added her own creative twist while meeting the marketing brief. Deanne often thinks of innovative and new social engagements that the company can do, which are put into practice. Deanne regularly gives good examples and has been observed carrying out the organising and running of JS Media events. There has been no area of her framework that hasn’t given 100% of her attention and this is evident by Deanne being ahead of her target finish date.

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year 2019

Phattharaphong Chaiyarat, Adam’s Autos

Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
Den has shown determination and continuous commitment to the job and qualifying. His willingness to learn has resulted in him being put forward as an MOT tester, a mark of his abilities in the role. He has been dedicated to his studies and this is even more of an inspiration when you consider English is not his first language.

Science Apprentice of the Year 2019
Abbie Lowe, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
Abbie has been an outstanding member of the team and has completed the qualification 9 months in advance of the deadline. She has been an exceptional learner. One of her key strengths is the ability to communicate well with a broad range of people – colleagues, clients, service users and engineers. Because of this, she is able to work as part of different teams and makes a valuable contribution to their day-to-day work and research.

Warehousing & Logistics Apprentice of the Year 2019

Michael Roberts, Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd

Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage
Michael has shown excellent commitment towards his course. He is willing do extra work and training if required and meets required targets on time. He has added value to his company by taking on new roles and embodying the company’s values. He is willing to help out in different areas and push himself to learn new skills. The work he submits is to a high standard with very good depth and explanation.

Our Winning Employers


Business, Management & Professional Employer of the Year 2019
Thrift Energy

This company has been very supportive of their apprentice. They have gone above and beyond to help her during a time of change. This has ensured she was still able to meet her apprenticeship targets. As the office has increased in staff, they have developed their apprentice’s skills to enable her to play an important part in helping support and train new team members.


Childcare & Early Years Employer of the Year 2019
Red House Day Nursery

The employer is keen to train Apprentices at every opportunity, they release their staff for college and support them within the workplace with in-house training and a good induction programme. They always value their Apprentices and they immediately become part of the team who are encouraged to welcome them and to train them within their role. This employer will often keep their level 2 Apprentices on at the end of their Apprenticeship and actively encourage them to work towards their level 3.

Science Employer of the Year 2019
Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey continue to encourage the development of individuals by providing a clear and defined training programme. It has been clear from the outset of working with the organisation that they are keen to develop the next generation of staff. The company is fully supportive of releasing the apprentice to attend college for one day a week and also in helping him complete a research project as part of his BTEC in Applied Science course.


Motor Vehicle Employer of the Year 2019
Vanquish Auto Solutions

This company has shown excellent support to an apprentice that has required additional support with some communication difficulties. The apprentice in question has been supported continuously to the degree that he is now well ahead of schedule in his learning programme. The company has shown continuous commitment to the importance of training within the organisation.


Hair, Beauty & Barbering Employer of the Year 2019
David William Hair Salon

Although a junior, the Apprentice is supported to progress in her own learning and building her column. The salon have always supported Apprenticeships and look to continually grow the business by supporting the next generation of hairdressers. Standards are high in the salon and training continual with support from the salon in sourcing models.


Health & Social Care Employer of the Year 2019
Mike Riglin Nursing

This employer has a great working relationship with the college to organise observations and learner study time. They are keen to get more staff onto this qualification and are very supportive of their staff, CRC and Apprenticeships.



Catering & Hospitality Employer of the Year 2019
The Crown Inn, Linton

Joel is extremely supportive with his Apprentices and has always been encouraging and positive with regards to additional training he provides. Lauren has flourished under his management and is now capable of running the pub, which is quite an achievement for someone who has only been in the hospitality industry for just over a year. Joel really believes in training up staff to improve retention and build staff motivation.

Social Media & Digital Marketing Employer of the Year 2019
Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss have been fully supportive of their Apprentice during his studies. They have been committed to ensuring that he is successful in completing his framework. And have ensured he has a full and varied role to gain experience from. Where they can, Carl Zeiss is always keen to promote within the company ensuring the skills and knowledge of its employees is retained. (Picture shows Nick Hassett from CRC accepting the award on their behalf the night of the awards)


Engineering Employer of the Year 2019
Aixtron Ltd

The company demonstrates a solid, proactive approach to monitoring the progression of their Apprentices. Apprentices are successfully mentored and remunerated well on successful completion of targets and aims. The company demonstrates a good approach to continually advancing skills, and succession planning, within the organisation by ensuring a continued flow of Apprentices.


Warehousing & Logistics Employer of the Year 2019
Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd

This employer offers excellent support in all areas. They supply relevant resources and also additional time for their apprentice to complete work. They are happy to give extra training and opportunities to attend additional courses. They value the course and the apprentice and provide everything the learner needs and more.


Construction Employer of the Year 2019
Paul Barrow Builders Ltd

Paul Barrow has been flexible during Jordan’s apprenticeship, to ensure he gains experience across the construction trade. The support he has received has allowed him to excel on his programme, qualifying for his Diploma and NVQ well ahead of his class mates. They have been a pleasure to work with and have always put the time aside to meet with their assessor.

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