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Newbury College champions apprenticeship success

Newbury College and University Centre Newbury (UCN) have honoured the achievements of apprentices and employers with their annual Apprenticeship Awards.

And this year, National Apprenticeship Week (February 5 to 9) also marked the launch of its ‘Light the Way’ campaign, featuring imagery and videos showcasing real-life success stories for future apprentices.

Jasmine Kinsman, an apprentice at Equinix, shares her story in the new Light the Wayvideos
Jasmine Kinsman, an apprentice at Equinix, shares her story in the new Light the Wayvideos

The series of videos was released on social media throughout the week, highlighting dynamic partnerships between apprentices and their employers across various sectors.

Vice principal of HE and Skills Jo Houghton, said: “Our Light the Way campaign is shining a spotlight on the exceptional talents within our apprenticeship programmes and the invaluable support from employers across the region.

“Celebrating this year’s winners reminds us of the powerful impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses, and our local economy.”

The videos included testimonials from apprentices and employers at Red 76 Tax, Equinix and Crowcon Detection Instruments, plus insights from Newbury College apprentice development coaches.

The 2024 Apprenticeship Award winners are:

Best Apprentice – Early Years: Kayleigh Wilkins, Happy Kids Nursery

Best Apprentice – Engineering: Alfie Partington, Snap-on

Best Apprentice – Business: Beth Burns, Nustream

Best Apprentice – Finance: James Whiterow, Red 76 Tax

Best Degree Apprentice: Gloria Arias, Thames Water

Early Years Employer of the Year: The Willows Primary School

Electrical Installation Employer of the Year: Equinix

Apprenticeship Awards Star
Apprenticeship Awards Star

Business Employer of the Year: Beard

Best Mentor: Tracey Magnus, Equinix

Best Development Coach: Paulina Ojo

Best Tutor: Steve Purchell

The awards, revealed through social media announcements, celebrate the achievements of apprentices, their employers and highlight the significant role of mentors and development coaches in guiding apprentices to success.

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