Wiltshire apprentices rewarded
Hard working students have been rewarded at Wiltshire College’s third Apprenticeship Awards.
Devizes MP Claire Perry handed out awards to 27 students and two businesses and – along with guest speaker and The Apprentice 2012 finalist, Jade Nash – commended them for their determination and achievements.
Harry Beer, 20, from Dilton Marsh is two years into his four-year apprenticeship with Cooper Tires in Melksham and won the Advanced Apprenticeship of the Year Award in mechanical engineering.
Mr Beer, who was invited to a reception at Westminster last month to meet Nick Clegg as part of a question and answer session about apprenticeships, said: “It is brilliant to win this award.
“I hope to take things further and be a steel engineer.
“My advice is to find something you want to be involved in and go for it. Doing an apprenticeship is the best decision I have ever made.”
Ross Clark, 25, from Westbury, is two years into a three-year apprenticeship at Warminster builders Graham and Kimber and won the Apprentice of the Year Award in trowel occupations. He said: “I have always been into building so it was nice to be given the opportunity. I would like to have my own building business one day and the apprenticeship is giving me the confidence and skills to do that.”
Rebecca Carter, who is completing her apprenticeship at First Class Hair Design in Devizes, won the Outstanding Achievement Award for hairdressing and said the hands on experience was invaluable.
Miss Carter, 19, from Melksham, said: “It has really boosted my confidence being around stylists and seeing their techniques.
“Apprenticeships are getting the promotion they deserve and I think people should research what is out there because there is a lot.”
Melksham-based Cooper Tires, which has employed apprentices from Wiltshire College for 20 years, walked away with the award for Large Business of the Year.
The award for Apprentice Employer Small Business of the Year went to Power Logistics in Chippenham, a company specialising in powering public events.
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