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Record number of GC finalists in apprenticeship awards

18 May 2018

Following this week’s announcement, we’re delighted to have a record number of GC staff, apprentices and partners shortlisted as finalists in the 2018 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

Not only has Gloucestershire College been named a finalist in the Training Provider of the Year category, but Electrical Assessor Dave Jones has been selected as a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in Gloucestershire category too.

Dave is a highly skilled, experienced and respected Assessor who has been supporting electrical students and apprentices at Gloucestershire College, on and off, for almost 16 years. Popular with both apprentices and employers, Dave is responsible for one of the largest cohorts of apprentices at the College – 137 to be exact – and ensures each one receives a high standard of industry training from both GC and their employer.

Since Dave moved to the GC Apprenticeship Hub full time to concentrate on improving the provision and completion of NVQ apprenticeships, success rates for electrical apprentices have increased considerably.

Last year, GC Assessor Myra Billinghurst deservedly won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in Gloucestershire.

Director of Employer Training, Julie Tegg, said: “Dave is the obvious choice to win the Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships Award due to his long and dedicated service to the electrical industry and many years of support he has given both teaching and assessing electrical apprentices. His professionalism, creativity and commitment to ensure our apprentices achieve success is not only admirable but unique, and he is a real asset to Gloucestershire College and the Apprenticeship Hub – we’re lucky to have him.”

No less than six GC apprentices across a range of industries have been shortlisted as finalists in their respective categories; having been nominated by their proud employers for their hard work, dedication and achievements:

  • Dawson Shaul, Plumbing Apprentice at SW&L (Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Construction and Public Services)
  • Luke Hitchman, Carpentry Apprentice at E G Carter (Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Construction and Public Services)
  • Paul Neale, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Truturn Precision Engineering (Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Engineering and Manufacturing)
  • Lucy Phelps, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Ultra Electronics (Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Engineering and Manufacturing)
  • Amy Ruck, Destination Management Apprentice at the South West Apprenticeship Company (Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Financial and Business Services)
  • Jack Malley, IT Apprentice at DB Systems (Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Financial and Business Services)

Plus, we’re delighted to be working in partnership with the following employer and schools finalists, delivering employee and apprenticeship training, and advice to their staff and students:

  • South West Apprenticeship Company (Employer of the Year)
  • SW&L (Employer of the Year)
  • St Peter’s RC High School (Schools Award)
  • Tewkesbury School (Schools Award)
  • Wentworth House Dental Practice (Small Employer of the Year)

We wish all of our apprentices, staff and partners the best of luck and look forward to seeing them at the awards ceremony in July!

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