College Students Crowned Apprentice of the Year

College Students Crowned Apprentice of the Year

The success of apprentices, training providers and employers has been celebrated at the Lincolnshire & Rutland Skills Awards

The awards, organised by the Lincolnshire & Rutland Employment and Skills Board and the Work Based Learning Alliance with support from a range of organisations including Lincolnshire County Council, celebrate vocational work-based learning.

Lincoln College apprentices Danielle Skayman (19) from Ingham and Lewis Roberts (23) from Lincoln were both named Apprentice of the Year in their respective categories while Mike Johnson, Group Training and Development Manager for Gelder Group, won the Apprenticeship Continued Success award.

Danielle, who works as an Insurance Division Claims Co-ordinator for Gelder Group, is about to complete her Level 2 NVQ Customer Service qualification while Lewis, who works for Richard Betts Painters and Decorators, is studying Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Building – Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations.

As well as winning this award, Lewis was named Dulux Decorator Centres’ Apprentice of the Year and PDA Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year in 2013.

Painting & Decorator Lecturer Paul Wilcockson said: “Lewis’ progress and development has served as an inspiration to everyone within the painting and decorating section during the time he has been with us.

“He started out as a shy first-year full-time student but has become a role model for students in colleges across the UK via his progress, development and achievements in regional and national skills competitions.

“He has been a pleasure to teach and has been a credit to himself, his family, his employer and Lincoln College through every step of his educational journey.”

Alongside the individual awards for high-achieving students, a number of businesses were recognised on the night for their efforts including Siemens which won Large Employer of the Year.

As well as promoting both education and engineering in the local area at all levels from school to university, Siemens runs an annual Females into Engineering Challenge. For this, they invite female pupils from local schools to carry out practical assignments. This is designed to give the pupils a taste of what it is like to work in engineering. The event is supported by Siemens apprentices and Lincoln College staff.

Lincoln College’s Employment Engagement Director Rachel May said: “Lincoln College works with over 1,200 businesses in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, including Siemens and Gelder Group, to deliver college based training for their apprentices and other employees.

“We are delighted Siemens has been rewarded for its commitment to the development of its staff and look forward to continuing to build on our long-standing and successful partnership.”

The awards were held at Butlins in Skegness on 13th March. Categories included Apprentice of the Year, which was spilt into industrial sectors: School Partnership of the Year; Employer of the Year; Personal Achiever of the Year and a Continued Success Award.

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