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Four wins for GC at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards

7 July 2017

It was a night of successes for Gloucestershire College at the 2017 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards, with both GC apprentices and staff picking up wins.

GC Apprentice Trainer and Assessor, Myra Billinghurst was astonished when her name was read out for the Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships Award. Her win, marks the second year of success in this category for GC, with the College itself picking up the award in 2016.

Myra, who works with apprentices and employers in the catering and hospitality, business, sales and marketing sectors, was selected by the judges for her successful efforts to reshape the College’s professional cookery apprenticeships to improve their delivery for both apprentices and their employers. This included introducing monthly masterclasses with guest chefs and visits to industry providers, with Myra even going to the trouble of qualifying for her mini bus license to ensure the apprentices had transport to venues. She said:

“I was a bit shocked to be honest, but very pleased and proud to have been recognised for the work I do, which to be honest I feel is all part of the job of working with apprentices and is very rewarding.”

Three GC apprentices were also selected as winners on the night, scooping awards for Apprentice of the Year in their respective industries. They are:

  • Public Sector Apprentice of the Year - Lauren Ball, Business Administration Apprentice at Seven Vale School (joint winner).
  • Financial and Business Services Apprentice of the Year – Becky Boxwell, Marketing Apprentice at Brobuild Ltd.
  • Construction Apprentice of the Year – Robert Johnson, Electrical Installation Apprentice at Delta 4 Ltd.

GC Principal, Matthew Burgess presented the overall award for Gloucestershire Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the College. He said:

“The Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards are a great event, especially for the apprentices, many of which have never been rewarded for their achievements at a large ceremony like this.

“Apprenticeships are hugely important to local businesses from all sectors, and it’s great to be able to highlight the value of apprentices to the workforce. Their stories will hopefully motivate more employers to take on apprentices and more young people to consider an apprenticeship in the future.”

The 2017 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards were hosted by the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo on Thursday 6 July, in celebration of the achievements of apprentices across a wide range of businesses, trades and professions. Gloucestershire College has been the proud headline sponsor for six years running.

For more information about apprenticeships, or if you’re an employer looking to hire an apprentice, visit or call the dedicated GC Business Hub on 01452 563403.


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