This year’s Apprenticeship Awards Evening was a great success with broad range of Apprentices and employers attending the celebration.
Apprentices received awards in a diverse range of subjects including Animal Care, Arboriculture, Equine, Environmental Conservation, Horticulture, Butchery, IT, Retail & Customer Service, and Active Leisure and Learning.
During 2014, 721 apprentices trained with Kingston Maurward College – a 10% growth in numbers from 2013. In the last academic year, 308 apprentices completed their planned apprenticeships and 82% were successful against the national average of 69%.
Guests were treated to a buffet dinner followed by an address from James Tirrell, Vice Chair of Governors at Kingston Maurward College, and Ian Girling, Chief Executive of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The overall Apprentice of the Year Award was presented to Sophie Dormer-Woolley who also received the Parks Apprentice of the Year 2014 sponsored by the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.
Sophie said: “It was such a surprise to hear that I’d won– I’m so pleased! I really enjoy my apprenticeship and it has taught me such a lot in the last year. I really want to progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship.”
Assistant Principal Andy Daw said of the Awards Evening: “This is a real celebration of success for the apprentices, their families and employers and the staff at Kingston Maurward College. Apprenticeships continue to grow and this event underlines that success.”