Two of The College Merthyr Tydfil apprentice students have been awarded ‘Apprenticeship of The Year’ as part of the college’s National Apprenticeship Week activities.
The activities included a number of college events to help members of the public, students and employers become more acquainted with the college’s apprenticeship programmes, highlight employer and apprentice experiences, outline details of the financial incentives available to support employers, and provide an overview of the services that the college’s work based learning department can provide. The week culminated with an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the college’s work based learners with nominations for Apprenticeship of the year. In line for the award were apprentices, Gareth Christopher Hughes, Michael Williams, Sean Turner, Ryan Walters, Jay Baker, Lewis Thomas and Ceri Willis-Price.
Level 2 Apprentice of the Year, Michael Williams pictured with Karen Rees, Head of Work Based Learning and Allan Jones, Work Based Learning Skills Co-ordinator
The award for Level 2 Apprentice of the Year was presented to Michael Williams. Michael, an apprentice with EE was commended for his fantastic achievements through the course of the last year.
Michael commented, “I commenced my apprenticeship with EE and the college in November 2013. I can honestly say that I absolutely loved the programme. It has been a brilliant experience. I have developed new skills and confidence which have enabled me to progress into a full-time job at EE. I am so grateful to both the college and EE for providing me with this opportunity.”
NVQ childcare apprentice Ceri Willis-Price was presented with the Level 3 Apprentice of the Year Award. Ceri, who is currently placed at Cyfarthfa Park Primary School said, “The apprenticeship programme has enabled me to gain access to real life work experience whilst gaining childcare skills and qualifications. I have really enjoyed my time with the college and Cyfarthfa Park Primary School. The experience has helped me to realise that I want to work with children in my future career and has provided me with the incentive to apply for a university level course for September. I am so grateful to the college for all of the help and support they have provided me with during my apprenticeship. ”
Childcare Apprentice Ceri Willis-Price receives her award from Allan Jones, Work Based Learning Skills Co-ordinator and Karen Rees, Head of Work Based Learning.
The college also presented a number of awards to recognise the good practice displayed by its partner employers. Winner of the Employer of the Year Award was EE.
EE Customer service Operations Manager, Claire Litten-Price commented “EE has a fantastic partnership with the College Merthyr Tydfil which involves the provision of over 15 apprenticeship schemes each year. These apprenticeships help to ensure our workforce has the practical skills as well as the qualifications to meet the needs of our growing business. I’m really excited about what the college can do to help EE as we expand our operations in the Merthyr Tydfil area”
Claire Litten-Price EE receives the Employer of the Year Award. Pictured with Allan Jones, Work Based Learning Skills Co-ordinator and Karen Rees, Head of Work Based Learning.
For the first time, the college also presented an award for Best Employer Newcomer of the Year. The winner of this award was Danielle Richardson. Danielle commenced training with the college’s Work Based Learning on Monday 24th January 2011. Danielle attended an ’outreach’ centre based at Garnlydan near Ebbw Vale. This was leased by the college from Communities First, Ebbw Vale, and enabled learners from the Blaenau Gwent area to access vocational work based programmes in that area. Danielle expressed an interest in hairdressing, and a placement was found at Sissorz Hair Studio. Danielle excelled at her work placement and was offered an apprenticeship (level 3) which she commenced on the 2nd of July 2012 after completing her NVQ level 1 in hairdressing.
In April of last year Danielle opened her own Salon “New Image” hair salon based at 88 High Street, Caeharris, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 3HB.
Danielle has previously offered work experience placements to college Work Based Learning students as a means of assisting others from benefiting from her experience, skill and knowledge.
Danielle commented “I am so glad to be able to work with the college to offer apprenticeship opportunities. The college really supported me when I was an apprentice and it’s nice to be able to give something back.”
Danielle receives the Employer Newcomer of the Year Award. Pictured with Allan Jones, Work Based Learning Skills Co-ordinator and Karen Rees, Head of Work Based Learning.
The College Merthyr Tydfil offers a wide range of apprenticeship schemes for learners to engage in, providing them with the opportunity to gain practical skills in specific occupational areas. For information on apprenticeship opportunities, please visit our Website: http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/work-based-learning or contact Karen Rees, The College Merthyr Tydfil on 01685 726134.
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
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