Apprentices and employers from across the country joined together in November to celebrate their successes during Bondholder Learning Unlimited’s very first ever National Apprenticeship Awards.
During a glittering ceremony at Pond's Forge in Sheffield, awards were presented to businesses and individuals in recognition of their dedication, work and commitment to developing a skilled workforce though apprenticeships. TV personality and journalist, Helen Fospero, presented the awards to those who had been chosen from the hundreds of nominations received from peers and managers.
Derbyshire Constabulary received national recognition when they were awarded the Employer of the Year title for demonstrating their commitment to developing apprentices in their organisation. Detective Inspector, James Bateman, joined the stage to collect the award with his colleagues only to take to stage later that evening for a second time when he was awarded the title of Higher Apprentice of the Year.
Kirsty Norman, HR Development Manager, said: “Derbyshire Constabulary were pleased to be invited by Learning Unlimited to their annual awards ceremony. We were thrilled and surprised to be awarded Employer of the Year in recognition of our support for our apprentices. In addition, it was particularly pleasing to see Detective Inspector James Bateman be awarded Higher Apprentice of the Year in Leadership and Management.”
Mark Bennington, Vice Principal Commercial Services and Enterprise at the Chesterfield College Group, said: “The Learning Unlimited National Apprenticeship Awards provided us with the opportunity to recognise the value of apprenticeships and the employers who are invested in the apprenticeship model.
“Each award presented during the evening represented the positive impact on each and every one of those individuals and businesses. We look forward to working with our apprentices and businesses over the coming year and look forward to next year’s Apprenticeship Awards!”
Other winners included:
Employer of the Year - Derbyshire Constabulary.
Advanced Apprentice of the Year – Winner - Luke Bunting (Bombardier).
Higher Apprentice of the Year – Winnner - James Bateman (Derbyshire Constabulary).