Dedication and work rewarded
EDUCATION + Training Skills held their annual Apprentice and Employer of the Year Awards at the Buckerell Lodge Hotel.
All apprentice award winners were nominated by their employers or assessors, with employers being nominated by their apprentices.
Guest speaker Tim Jones, chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, highlighted the importance of apprenticeships to driving economic recovery before presenting the awards.
The winner of the 16 to 18 Apprentice of the Year category was Corrie Payne, from South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, who was nominated by her assessor for her enthusiasm, motivation, attitude and commitment to the programme. She has also been an ambassador for apprenticeships, visiting her old school to talk about her experience.
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The winner of the 19 to 24 Apprentice of the Year category was Lucas Manfredi Hoher, from the Exeter Family Friendly, who was nominated by both Jon Gray from EFF and his assessor for the way he has got to grips with a complex ICT role with little previous experience and despite the fact that English is his second language.
The winner of the Adult Apprentice of the Year category was James Lynch, from the Yarlington Housing Group.
The Personal Achiever of the Year Award went to Zoe Sparrow, from Grosvenor Facilities Management.
Donna Addison, from the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, won the Outstanding Contribution Award.
PVM Supplies Ltd won the Small Employer of the Year Award after being nominated by one of their apprentices for their supportive approach.
Chartman Ltd won the Medium Employer of the Year Award for their commitment to apprenticeships and training across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
The Large Employer of the Year Award was won by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
Roz May, ETS's regional manager, said: "The awards evening is a chance for learners, their families and ETS staff to celebrate the outstanding achievements of all of our learners and it is always an amazing event."