MP presents Weymouth College Apprentice Awards

Weymouth College Apprentice Awards 2017

Published at 8:16am 22nd March 2017.

"Our young people are essential to our success."

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, has presented the Apprentice of the Year award at the culmination of Apprenticeship Week at Weymouth College.

Drax is a strong advocate for apprenticeships and teamed up with the college to create the first Apprenticeship Fair in 2014. The one-day event, combining local businesses, students and speakers, has now evolved into Apprenticeship Week. The college now attracts over 500 apprentices.

Drax said that with increased government support for apprenticeships all local businesses should get involved.

"We're not telling businesses what to do but we are helping them to do it. There are massive opportunities ahead and our young people are essential to our success."

Keynote speaker at the Apprenticeship Awards was Tim Martin, founder of the Wetherspoons empire. He said that, after studying for a law degree, he took a three year apprenticeship in pubs, "making all the mistakes going and plenty more.

"If you're good at the academic side, it's great, but it's overemphasised in our society. My best advice is to 'keep working'."

This year, the Apprentice Week included a photographic competition, an apprenticeship video promotion for all Dorset schools and an Apprenticeship Fair open evening, which hosted parents, students and potential employers, promoting apprenticeships, try-a-skill opportunities and business stands.

Mr Drax was extremely pleased to be able to announce the final award of the day - the Weymouth College Apprentice of the Year 2017 - presented to Jessica Burgoyne.

Jessica - a childcare apprentice at Bincombe Valley Primary School - was absolutely delighted to receive the award.

Ms Annette Cobb, Deputy Head at Bincombe Valley Primary School said:

"Jessica's energy and enthusiasm is infectious and her cheerful nature and positive outlook are always evident. Her self-belief has grown considerably over the course of the year.  It is absolutely fantastic to have a member of staff, who so early in her career, is making such a big difference"

Richard Drax said:

"First and foremost can I congratulate all the winners and in particular overall winner Jessica who judging from the comments of her employer richly deserves this award.

"I'd also like to thank Weymouth College enormously for their massive contribution to the apprenticeship idea and for backing it so diligently.  

"And finally can I add that we were all held spellbound by the wonderful, humorous and genuine address by Wetherspoon Founder and Chairman Tim Martin whose story really is an inspiration to everyone".



The Weymouth College Apprentice of the Year Award winners:

Childcare Apprentice of the year and Weymouth College Apprentice of the Year 2017
Jessica Burgoyne, Bincombe Valley Primary School

Engineering Apprentice of the year 2017
Michael Denning, PGT Ceewrite, Weymouth

Sport Apprentice of the year 2017
Ross Watson, New Body Fitness, Bridport

Plumbing Apprentice of the year 2017
Morgan Kitton, G R Edwardes Ltd, Bridport

Business, Management and IT Apprentice of the year 2017
Milli Threadwell, Agincare, Weymouth

Health & Social Care Apprentice of the year 2017
Mariane Cole, Darwin Care, Weymouth

Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice of the year 2017
Liam Tewkesbury, East Boro Housing Trust, Weymouth

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the year 2017
Lee Sawyer, Buckland Newton Hire Ltd

Catering Apprentice of the year 2017
Chad Walker, The Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle

Hairdressing Apprentice of the year 2017
Blade McKechnie, John Edwards Dorchester

Customer Service Apprentice of the year 2017
Bethany Russell, Chalbury Food & Wine Weymouth

Business, Management and IT Apprentice of the year 2017
Bethany Alderman, ATLAS ELECTRONIK, Winfrith

Electrical Apprentice of the year 2017
Zac Bentley, Spectrum Property Care, Poole



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