Bolton College’s week-long celebration of apprenticeships finished with a bang, when MP Sir David Crausby joined successful apprentices in the College’s Signature restaurant for an awards ceremony.
The event, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week, recognised star apprentices who have displayed commitment and success in each curriculum area.
15 apprentices were joined by their employer and college assessor, and they each enjoyed a two-course meal prepared by the College’s catering students. Performing arts students Kerry Ashford and Henry Whitehead read the apprentice citations, whilst Joe Duker and Alex Hayes greeted guests whilst dressed as chefs.
The apprenticeship award for roofing, tiling and slating went to Level 2 apprentice James Taylor, he said: “The award was really unexpected but I’m so happy to be here.”
James’s line manager Eddie Handley, a Delivery Coordinator at Together Housing said: “As an organisation, we have a very successful apprenticeship programme so we’re delighted by what James has achieved. I’m thrilled that he has been recognised at these awards and it shows that hard work and determination can pay off.”
The ceremony was particularly special for Sir David; his path to success started with an Engineering Apprenticeship 55 years ago, and he has championed apprenticeships ever since.
Sir David, who will be knighted by the Queen in a few weeks’ time, said: “I’m so pleased to be associated with apprenticeships. I left school in 1962 to become an apprentice, and it was a privilege. Apprenticeships are vital to economic wellbeing, and my apprenticeship instilled in me a desire to strive for quality, which has never left me.”
Bill Webster, Principal of Bolton College, added: “The apprentices have all done exceptionally well. I was delighted to see so many employers in attendance – it’s clear that our apprentices have had a really positive impact on their businesses, which makes me very proud.”