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NTU hosts first Apprenticeship Awards

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week 2019 and celebrate a successful year of delivering degree apprenticeships to industry, Nottingham Trent University hosted the first ever NTU Apprenticeship Awards.

Gleeds collecting their apprenticeship award

The night celebrated the outstanding apprentices and employers who have been engaged with the diverse portfolio of apprenticeships on offer at NTU during the last academic year. Taking place in the Old Chemistry Theatre, the event featured nominations across a number of sectors and industries, including public services, manufacturing and health, education and care. The awards celebrated both employers and apprentices, with companies such as Kerry Foods, Experian and Gleeds scooping awards on the night.

The 2019 winners

Apprentices collection award for outstanding apprentice of the year within public services

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Public Services

Winner: Emily-Rose Day, Nottingham Trent University 

Emily is currently a member of the NTU procurement team, working as a trainee buyer whilst studying a Level 4 Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply degree apprenticeship (CIPS). Through her time at NTU, Emily has been an integral part of the team, generating ideas and driving change to develop NTU procurement processes.

Apprentice collection award for outstanding apprentice of the year within the service industry

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Manufacturing and Service Industries

Winner: Inta Rascevska, Kerry Foods

Inta is a valued member of the Kerry Food Technical Team as well as part of the January 2018 cohort for the Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship at NTU. Inta is a confident ambassador for her department, undertaking key pieces of work such as writing a new manual handling procedure for the business, and delivering the training within the company herself.

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Financial and Business Services

Winner: Claire Dennis, Experian

Claire is part of the first cohort of the Digital and Technology Professional degree apprenticeship at NTU. She is also a course representative for the group, taking time out from work to attend course committee meetings. Claire is always engaged in classes, making excellent contributions to discussions and asking relevant questions.

Apprentice of the year within the field of Construction collecting their award

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Construction and Civil Engineering

Winner: Matthew Hitchcock, Keyclad Ltd

Matthew is currently part of the Keyclad Ltd commercial team, and is studying Level 6 Chartered Surveyor (Quantity Surveyor Pathway) degree apprenticeship. Matthew has actively contributed to Keyclad gaining closer links with education institutions, serving as a member of the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network.

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Health, Education and Care

Winner: Joanne Revell, Chesterfield/ Derbyshire NHS Trust

Joanne is currently undertaking a Level 6 Healthcare Practitioner degree apprenticeship after working as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in Pathology at Chesterfield Royal Hospital for the past eighteen years. Through her studies, Joanne has demonstrated a high degree of personal motivation, translating to high grades in all her assignments and exams undertaken so far.

Gleeds accepting the award for large apprenticeship employer of the year

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

Winner: Gleeds

International property and construction consultancy company Gleeds have shown a continuing dedication to promoting degree apprenticeships within their company. Programmes such as Gleeds' Career Pathway Development Guide and Professional Skills Programme guide apprentices throughout their time in the company, helping them visualise their future, navigate deadlines and fast-track their development.

MJ Hillson accepting the award for small apprenticeship employer of the year

Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

Winner: MJ Hillson Ltd

MJ Hillson's ongoing dedication to apprenticeships have helped develop people not only within the company, but also those who have gone on to prominent positions within the construction industry, and gone on to become successful business owners themselves. A large part of MJ Hillsons continued success is down to the fact that their workforce is currently made up of 25% apprentices/ trainees, completely unique for a company of that size.

You can read more about the winners of the NTU Apprenticeship Awards on our website, as well as further information on fees and funding, applying and apprenticeships currently on offer and in development. Alternatively, contact our Apprenticeship Team at