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GC Sponsors #CotswoldEMI Apprentice of the Year Award for second year

17 February 2016
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Following the success of the inaugural awards, Gloucestershire College is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Apprentice of the Year category in the 2016 Cotswold Life EMI Awards, and is calling all of its talented engineering apprentices and employer partners to enter.

Organised by Cotswold Life (Business and Professional), the Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation Awards (EMI) showcase and champion the Cotswolds’ established, successful and growing manufacturing sector; an industry the College is dedicated to supporting.

Last year, its talented Advanced Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, Joe Langley, took home the title of Apprentice of the Year. Not only did Joe complete his apprenticeship in two, rather than the usual three years, so that he could study for his degree part-time at university, but he has since been promoted to Product Development Engineer at the Corin Group in Cirencester. 

In the Apprentice of the Year category the judges will once again be looking for proof of hard work and commitment to the apprentices’ personal and professional development, as well as progression through learning.

Brian Fowler, Head of Engineering, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Cotswold Life EMI Awards for the second year running, as they are a fantastic way to promote excellence and demonstrate the strength of the sector in terms of our people, products and services.

“Our engineering apprentices and students have the opportunity to train in our new first-class Engineering Centre in Gloucester, which features upgraded mechanical and electronics labs, a CNC centre and new mechatronic equipment. 

“Engineering is an important industry for the county and we are dedicated to helping businesses recruit and train the next generation of engineers through our apprenticeship programmes, including the new degree apprenticeships we have launched with the University of the West of England. We hope to see some of our talented apprentices in the running for the Apprentice of the Year Award at the ceremony in September.”

Nicky Godding, Business Editor for Cotswold Life, said: “The EMI Awards showcase the businesses in this sector both large and small, and the innovative work going on in the region. The awards programme aims to achieve three things: to celebrate the incredible innovation and expertise that Cotswold engineering and manufacturing companies contribute to the UK economy, encourage more skilled people to recognise the career opportunities available to them in this region and to inspire more young people to consider the rich career path that this sector can offer them.”

The awards will officially launch on Wednesday 9 March at Dean Close School, when online nominations officially open for all 12 categories.

These include the Sustainable Manufacturing Award; Award for Educational Partnership; Employee of the Year; Best Place to Work; Best Research and Development Project; Technology Innovation Award; Disruptor of the Year Award; Exporter of the Year Award; Outstanding Leadership Award; SME Manufacturer of the Year; and Large Manufacturer of the Year. 

Entries close on Wednesday 18 May, after which a shortlist will be selected and the good, the great and entrepreneurial from across the region will attend the black tie gala dinner on Thursday 22 September. 

For more information, and to nominate, visit

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