‘Inspirational’ apprentice stories told on awards evening

EXCEPTIONAL apprentices from across the Northbrook College campus were recognised at a special awards ceremony for the standout performers last week.

Northbrook College awards evening. SUS-140318-080954001
Northbrook College awards evening. SUS-140318-080954001

The annual awards evening was dubbed the ‘best ever’ in nearly 10 years of the event’s history by apprenticeships manager Brenda Cook, having seen a range of young people and employers receive awards.

She said: “The evening was a chance for the apprenticeship team to present apprentices, who had achieved exceptionally well in their respective frameworks, with an award highlighting their achievement.

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“There was a good turnout, the food prepared by the hospitality students was lovely, and most of all, we had some inspirational award winners.”

In addition to the awards to the apprentices, two employer awards were presented.

GlaxoSmithKline won large business employer of the year for its ongoing support of engineering training, while James Stoner, of Sompting-based JSPC Computer Services scooped the equivalent award for smaller businesses.

Mrs Cook said: “Whether it be attending jobs fairs on Saturdays or attending school assemblies at the invitation of the college. GlaxoSmithKline have demonstrated that they have a clear mission to deliver a message about engineering training and apprenticeships to the wider community and beyond.

“And James and JSPC Computer Services in particular, are true ambassadors of apprenticeships.”

General manager of Hilton Brighton Metropole Howard Lewis met award winners, employers, VIPs and staff and gave a talk about his passion for apprenticeships.