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GC staff and apprentices shortlisted for apprenticeship honours

23 May 2017


The countdown is on to 2017 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards, and staff and students at GC are waiting with eager anticipation thanks to being shortlisted in a record number of categories.

This year, six GC apprentices across a range of industries have been selected as finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category. They were all nominated by their employer for their outstanding achievement during their apprenticeship and contribution to the workplace.

GC Workplace Apprentice Trainer, Myra Billinghurst, has also been shortlisted in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships’ for going above and beyond to support her apprentices. The former Head Chef works with apprentices and employers in the catering and hospitality industry.

Since taking over the responsibility of GC apprenticeships in this sector, Myra has worked with employers and apprentices to make a number of positive changes to the way apprenticeships in professional cookery are delivered, and success rates have soared. She has introduced monthly masterclasses in the College’s training kitchens for apprentices, as well as trips to local industry suppliers and businesses to give them a real insight into the industry. She’s even gone to the trouble of taking her minibus driving license to ensure the apprentices have transport for each visit!

The College itself has also been shortlisted in two categories, for its role as both a training provider and champion of apprentices.

The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse on 6 July. Best of luck to all GC finalists!


  • Robert Johnson, Delta 4 – Apprentice of the Year (Construction)
  • Joe Hathaway, Sheppard Auto Repairs – Apprentice of the year (Engineering and Manufacturing)
  • Becky Boxwell, Brobuild – Apprentice of the Year (Finance and Business)
  • Amy Knight, Gloucestershire Diocesan Board of Finance – Apprentice of the Year (Finance and Business)
  • Tessa Harris, Expectations – Apprentice of the Year (Health, Education and Care)
  • Lauren Ball, Severn Vale School – Apprentice of the Year (Public Sector)



  • Myra Billinghurst – Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships
  • Gloucestershire College - Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships
  • Gloucestershire College – Training Provider of the Year

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