The Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by training organisation KITS, was once again a hotly contested category.
Apprenticeships hold the key to the future of many businesses and the judges were looking for one special candidate who has excelled both in training and with their sponsors.
The judging panel found this category to be the toughest one this year, spending a lot of time deciding the winner. The judges wanted to highly commend all the nominees for their dedication and hard work at their respective colleges and employers.
Host Clare Frisby presented the award to Ryan Hall.
Ryan started at KITS in 2011, completing his NVQ Level One and Two by February 2012.
He is employed by Cengar, who have been supporting him through his BTEC HNC which he started in September 2013 but is already well ahead in completing this qualification.
Clare said: “Since being taken on by Cengar, Ryan has grown and developed himself beyond all expectations.
“Through this time he has been undertaking an NVQ Level Three and has put a lot of high quality work into it and his effort has paid off by him achieving his full advanced apprenticeship in engineering in January 2014, a good one year and nine months early.”
Ryan said: “I’m delighted. I didn’t expect it really.
“Thanks to KITS for giving me the opportunity to be an apprentice and to Cengar for employing me.”
Also shortlisted were Jade Rose, Emma Walls, Ben Maffin and Matthew Barnes.
Jade has worked for Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nursery since May 2012.
She has delivered high standards of work at Calderdale College and her practical work within the company has been of an exceptionally high standard.
Emma is another apprentice at the nursery and has worked as an apprentice since April 2012.
She has already demonstrated that she is able to take on additional responsibility within the nursery and volunteered to be captain of the company’s Brathay Apprenticeship Team, leading nine of the apprentices through many tasks to compete for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014.
Ben has been working in the production design office at Severn Unival for almost two years. He is an adept apprentice designer, grasping the requirements without fault, and in this short time has produced work of a quality beyond his years, including designing a process that saved the company money and time.
Employed by Asquith Butler, Matthew is currently a second year apprentice who is coming towards the end of his national BTEC Level Three award. He gained a distinction in his first year and is on track to do the same in all subjects in his second.
He already has the ambition to take his HNC mechanical engineering and then go forward to university.