Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association held it’s Annual Apprentice Awards Evenings on 12th & 13th November at Worcester University Arena and The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford. Joined by over 400 guests including, local dignitaries, employers and apprentice family and friends, HWGTA celebrated the success of its Engineering, Commerce and Management apprentices over the past year. Apprentices were awarded their qualification certificates, including our first ever Management apprentices to pass their Level 3 Management qualifications.
This year’s special guest speaker was explorer and campaigner, Belinda Kirk, who has worked with explorers such as Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. Belinda gave an inspirational talk about her travels, how she has helped others to overcome adversity and encouraged attendees to step out of their comfort zone. Engineering and Commerce Apprentices were awarded their Qualification certificates, as well as the first ever cohort of Management apprentices. This was followed by a presentation of HGTA Special Awards which go to the highest commended Apprentices in their specialist area and year of study as well as awards for Employer of the Year and Apprentice Champion.
The Special Award winners of the HGTA evening were: L-R Back Row – Central Roofing & Building Services (Gemma Allen) Samuel Pryce-Rattle (TRP Sealing Systems) Matthew Frost (The Haigh Engineering Co Ltd) Pierre Oosthuizen (Heineken UK) Ben Morgan (Thorne Widgery) Mitchell Lawrence (Kingspan Insulation) Samuel Ivey (Berry bpi Leominster) Scott Thompson (Painter Brothers)
L-R Front Row – Marley George (The Kindle Centre) Nikki Mason (Acre Accountancy Limited) Special Guest Belinda Kirk, Hannah Hughes (Central Roofing & Building Services) Zuzanna Kazmierczak (SES Hereford Limited)
The Special Award winners of the WGTA evening were: back row L-R – Matthew Hall (Amada UK Ltd) Ed Meeks (Kerry – Taste & Nutrition) James Finch (Wienerberger) Special Guest Belinda Kirk, Joe Billingham (Titan Steel Wheels) Chris Reece (Barton Coldform) AVL United Kingdom Ltd (Paul Shuard)
Front row L-R – Charlotte Willkins (Parkwood Leisure) Abi Bradley (Sanctuary Group) Alice Wiltshire (Pumpmaster UK Ltd) Katie Turner (Amada UK Ltd) Sara Phillips (Worcs Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) Bethany Addis (Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd)
Not pictured: Daniel Coupland (Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd