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25th November 2016

Congratulations to York College apprentice Louis Watson who won a special award at the York Apprentice Graduation and Award Ceremony 2016, held at The Principal York Hotel. With 140 apprentices, joined by more than 300 friends, family, employers and training providers, the Ceremony was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the success and achievement of York's apprentices, with certificates presented by The Guilds of York.

Apprentice of the Year under 25 larger employer - Louis Watson from PureNetWEB

The Ceremony included a presentation of the York Apprenticeship Awards 2016 – the winners from five categories were selected by an independent panel, following over 40 high quality nominations.

The 2016 winners:

York Apprentice of the Year 2016 (Aged 16-24, Smaller Employer)
Shane Fenton Employer: YorMed. Health Care Support Apprenticeship (Intermediate). Training Provider: Monumental Training

York Apprentice of the Year 2016 (Aged 16-24, Larger Employer)
Louis Watson Employer: PureNet / PureClarity. : IT & Telecommunications (Advanced) Training Provider: York College

York Apprentice of the Year 2016 (Aged 25+)
Nicola Eastwood Employer: The Lodge, Roseville Holdings Ltd. Health & Social Care (Advanced) Training Provider: MCQ
Nicky Smith Employer: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Business Administration (Intermediate) Training Provider: YH Training

York Smaller Employer of the Year 2016
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York Larger Employer of the Year 2016

In addition, the new Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year 2016 Award recognised the significant contribution of people and businesses who act as advocates of apprenticeships across the city to young people, adults and employers. Alan Milner, a previous business admin and social media apprentice at York Learning (City of York Council), was named as the 2016 winner. Alan delivered a keynote speech to share his story and success, as a result of choosing the apprenticeship route after leaving school. Whilst employed as an apprentice at City of York Council, Alan delivered over 50 different assemblies and workshops to around 4000 young people and parents over a two year period.

Alan Milner anbassador awardWEB

York College apprentice Louis Watson won the York Apprentice of the Year (Aged 16-24, Larger Employer) Award. Louis undertook his apprenticeship at PureNet/PureClarity as an Apprentice Software Developer. Annabel Daly the Group Marketing Manager said it was Louis’s eagerness to learn and passion for technology that secured his position within the company. Praising his achievements Annabel said; “In the past year Louis has achieved remarkable success both with the growth of his skillset and within PureNet. Louis has worked extremely hard and is certainly a success story for anyone considering applying for an apprenticeship, and any businesses considering offering apprenticeship schemes in the local area”.

App Graduation Louis WatsonWEB

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: “Congratulations to all of the graduates and Award winners, I hope they enjoyed the evening. I am delighted that the achievements and progression of apprentices of all ages across the city are being celebrated and the commitment of businesses creating opportunities for our residents being commended.”

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