Damar Training’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2016 – the results are in

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16 March 2016

Damar200The results are in for Damar Training’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2016. Over the past year, we are delighted to have worked with over 1,500 apprentices at more than 300 employers across the country.

The judges’ deliberations are over and we can now reveal who has been selected as the best of the best.

The awards coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016) and, this year, recognition has been given to outstanding apprentices, employers and apprentice supervisors.

We have also recognised, with the Mark Aspinall award, the achievements of an apprentice who has overcome particular challenges.

The winners of Damar’s 2016 apprenticeship awards are:

Employer of the YearPeninsula Business Services

Apprentice of the Year – Christian Cameron, JB Leitch Ltd

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year – Hannah Rakeshaw, PAL Hire

Advanced Apprentice of the Year– Christian Cameron, JB Leitch Ltd

The Mark Aspinall Award – Neil Williams, Alvanley Family Practice. You can learn more about Neil here.

Newcomer Employer of the YearStuarts Property Services Ltd

Apprentice Supervisor of the Year – Lynn Kydd, Clarity Travel Management

Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s managing director commented:

“We are exceptionally proud of all our 2016 winners. A recurring theme across all of the winning entries was the positive impact of apprentices on their workplaces.

“We were delighted by the number of employers who reported that their apprentices were willing to go the extra mile in the form of new ideas, energy or simply taking on work that frees up the time of more experienced employees.”

“The standard of the nominations this year was exceptional and demonstrated, time and time again, how good apprenticeships contribute to greater productivity, increased profits, better morale and staff retention.

“My thanks and congratulations go to all those employers, apprentices, supervisors and my colleagues at Damar who have, together, achieved such fantastic outcomes over the past year.”

Peter Done, Manging Director of Peninsula Business Services, Damar’s 2016 employer of the year said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be named employer of the year in Damar’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2016.  By offering apprenticeships, we aim to provide young people with an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, helping them build a satisfying and rewarding long-term career.

“I would like to thank all our apprentices at Peninsula for their hard-work, enthusiasm and commitment throughout the year. Here’s to providing a platform for today’s young, bright business stars.”

One of the judges, Neil Wainwright-Farrar, Training Manager at Clarity Travel Management added:

“I was delighted to support the judging process for Damar in their 2016 Annual Apprenticeship Awards.  It is fantastic to see employers fully supporting apprentices and that there are so many young talented people who are dedicated in becoming stars of the future.

“Some very high standards were displayed making the judging process very tough indeed.  Well done to all the winners!”

We will be announcing our 2017 apprenticeship awards early next year. In the meantime, we encourage all our employers and apprentices to put themselves forward for other regional and national awards.

In Manchester, the Skills for Business Awards are open for nominations until 20th April, details here. In addition, dates for the National Apprenticeship Service’s annual awards will soon be live, details here.

Pictured below are Jonathan Bourne, Damar Training’s Managing Director with Christian Cameron of JB Leitch Ltd, solicitors. Christian is our 2016 Advanced Apprentice of the Year and overall Apprentice of the Year:

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Pictured below are Rachel Daley, Damar’s Business Development Manager with Peter Done of Peninsula Business Services. Peninsula is our Employer of the Year:

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We would like to thank our judges for their assistance this year: Gill Clarke, Jessica Fletcher, Jane Lockhart, Andy Lovatt and Neil Wainwright-Farrar.

Many congratulations again to all our winners. We wish you all a very successful future.

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