Apprenticeship awards An apprenticeship awards ceremony was hosted by Northbrook College this month to commend Northbrook apprentices and employer partners. The event saw a fantastic turnout of local businesses, apprentices and Northbrook College’s partners.


Northbrook student Emily Heffernan won 2015 Apprentice of year after being nominated by her employer, Henfield Medical Practice. They say “Emily is our 1 st apprentice. Working in a busy GP surgery is daunting for anyone at any stage of their working life, but Emily has embraced the responsibility; confidentiality and empathy required. Her maturity belies the fact that she came to us directly from 6 th form college. She has been a pleasure to train, asking questions appropriately and learning diligently.


Because Emily has made our first apprenticeship experience so positive, I have encouraged other GP’s to consider apprenticeship schemes and hope we will be able to repeat the experience in the future”


Nathan Allen of Goldwater Electrical Services was nominated as Employer of the Year by his apprentice, Ellis Lockwood. The award was presented by Ron Crank, CEO of Coast 2 Capital and The LEP Partnership and his apprenticeship said of Nathan, “The reason for which I nominate Nathan Allen as employer of the year 2015 is because I believe that he is able to examine the ways I work and spend valuable time to enhance the techniques which I possess to further both my understanding of what I am doing and my end result. Not only does Nathan make me feel like a respected employee but also a friend. Because of this it makes me want to go to work whenever I can. Nathan has a true dedication to what he does, I feel this reflects onto me and enables us to work together as a team.”


2015 Apprenticeship delivery partner of the year was won by Oliver Trailor and Sam Elliott of Runway Training. Presented by Michael Donin Deputy Mayor, the nominees “Runway training were congratulated for being an innovative and successful partner in delivering Apprenticeships on behalf of the College. MP Tim Loughton emphasised the importance of Apprentices and how they can positively impact on a business.”


The Apprentice of the year and the Employer of the year nominees were voted for online as part of the Colleges Apprenticeship campaign. For the first year employers voted for their apprentices and the apprentices voted for their employers, offering a significant accolade and achievement for apprentices and employers alike.