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GC and apprentices at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards

25 May 2016
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Carpentry Apprentice George Davies, shortlisted for the Outstanding Construction Apprentice Award.

Update: Winners revealed!

The awards ceremony, which took place at the Gold Cup Suite at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday 7 July, was a fantastic celebration of apprenticeships and the value they bring to businesses across the region. Inspiring stories were shared on the outstanding achievements of each the finalists.

GC Motor Vehicle Apprentice Luke Hands was crowned the Outstanding Apprentice of The Year for the Services Industries, for his excellent works as a Motor Vehicle apprentice at Clarkson Evans.

We are also extremely proud to have been presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships award for our continued commitment to over 900 apprentices and their employers in the region.

Keep an eye out for pictures and more from the winners soon.


Gloucestershire College is thrilled to have been shortlisted for not one, but two awards in the 2016 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards: Training Provider of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in Gloucestershire.

Not only that, four GC apprentices have also been named finalists for awards – these include:

  • 24-year-old Tom Averiss from Cheltenham, a construction student working for Amey – shortlisted for Outstanding Services Industries Apprentice.

  • 20-year-old Luke Hands from Cheltenham, a motor vehicle apprentice working for Clarkson Evans – shortlisted for Outstanding Services Industries Apprentice.

  • 20-year-old George Davies from Cheltenham, a carpentry apprentice working for Matt Grimshaw Carpentry – shortlisted for Outstanding Construction Apprentice.

  • 19-year-old Sonia Nestorowicz from Tewkesbury, a dental nursing apprentice working for myFACE - shortlisted for Oustanding Health, Education and Care Apprentice.

Matt Grimshaw, George Davies’ employer, said: “It has been a pleasure having George as our apprentice over the past two years. I strongly feel that he is deserving of the apprenticeship award due to his mature and responsible attitude and the high standard of his work. I have no doubt that George has a bright future in carpentry ahead of him.”

Organised by the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen, the awards recognise both the businesses that help drive apprenticeship schemes in the county, as well as the apprentices themselves.

The College would also like to extend its congratulations to its employer partners for being named finalists: Badham Pharmacy for the Employer of the Year Award and Ashley Paul and Class People for Small Employer of the Year.

Three organisations, including Gloucestershire College, are in the running for the 2016 Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year title, which will be awarded to that which demonstrates a real commitment to the development of apprentices, relationships with business and the promotion of work undertaken.

While four organisations are shortlisted to win the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in Gloucestershire award, which recognises the business that has really helped drive apprenticeship campaigns through inspiration, energy and imagination.

The judging panel faced a difficult challenge narrowing down the nominees across the 12 categories during shortlisting this month. The panel included the College’s Head of Engineering Brian Fowler and Citizen Editor Jenny Eastwood.

Gloucestershire College has long been a champion of apprenticeships in the county and continuously invests in successful employer partnerships, its growing apprenticeship provision and on-site facilities.

Currently working with more than 650 employers to train 976 apprentices across 17 industry sectors, the College’s dedicated Business Hub is well placed to respond to the growing demand for apprenticeship training, from introductory traineeships to higher level apprenticeships.

All winners will be announced at the glitzy awards ceremony, which will take place at The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse, on Thursday 7 July.

For more information about apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College, visit

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