National Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Employers of 2016

Hattie / 23rd Jan, 2017 / News

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of last night’s National Apprenticeship Awards. Top apprentices and leading employers from across the country gathered at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House last night to be recognised as the nation’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers.

Six employers ranging from small employer Ebsford Environmental Ltd to macro employer Mitie Group Plc and three apprentices were recognised for their commitment to apprenticeships in the 13th year of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

The ‘Nation of Champions’ showcase individual and employer success stories, with businesses and apprentices beating tough competition from across the country to win or be recognised as highly commended in their category.

This year’s apprentice national winners are:

  • The I-Can Qualifications Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Charlotte Blowers, Exceed
  • EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Adam Sharp, Sellafield Ltd
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Holly Broadhurst, J C Bamford Excavators Ltd

UNFM will be talking to the winners and publishing their thoughts very soon.


This year’s employer national winners are:

  • Unilever Small Employer of the Year: Ebsford Environmental Ltd
  • British Gas Medium Employer of the Year: Troup Bywaters + Anders
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: Mercedes-Benz UK
  • EON Award for Macro Employer of the Year: Mitie Group Plc
  • Santander Award for Newcomer SME of the Year: Craggs Energy Ltd
  • Rolls-Royce Award for Newcomer Large Employer of the Year: Bond Dickinson LLP

UNFM will be talking to the winning companies and publishing their inspirational stories very soon.

The Premier Inn sponsored Apprentice Champion Award went to John Clarke, a Technical Manager with BT. John was recognised on the night for his commitment to apprenticeships, which includes working evenings and weekends to organise career seminars and educational visits to inspire BT apprentices to make the most of their programme. John is also chair BT’s Apprentice Alumni, supporting 4,000 former apprentices with their post apprenticeship journey.


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