East Coast College holds an annual Apprenticeship Awards ceremony where apprentices are nominated by their employers, assessors or tutors in special recognition of their achievements. Many of the awards get sponsored by the winners’ employers, so proud are they of their personal accomplishments and the value they bring to their businesses.

At our last ceremony, nearly 40 apprentices received awards on the evening and were justifiably glowing with pride.

The evening culminated in the announcement of the two overall Apprentices of the Year:

Tracey Watering, Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Specialised Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools at Lingwood Primary Academy.

Her assessor, Sharon Holmes, says: “Tracey begun her Level 3 Apprenticeship Diploma for Specialised Support Teaching and Learning in Schools in November 2016. Tracey very quickly demonstrated that she is a very capable student. Her written work has always been well researched, detailed and has shown excellent breadth of knowledge and experience. Tracey is an active member of the school team at Lingwood Academy. She has been promoted from Teaching Assistant, Thrive Practitioner to Pastoral Manager during the duration of her apprenticeship. Tracey undertook additional training to become a Thrive Practitioner, all whilst simultaneously attending Functional Skills classes at the college for maths, English and ICT and completing work for her diploma. Her functional skills tutor has said that she was a pleasure to teach and she was just so keen to learn.”

Dominic Jolly, Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at SubSea Technology Ltd.

Dominic’s employer, Nick mason, says: “Dom has built and serviced a number of pieces of equipment and I am quite sure without his  contribution it would not have been possible to fulfil all our customers orders. Within the industry we operate it is quite normal for a customer to make a request and equipment to be despatched same day, within a very short time. Like any new item, this equipment has to be provided in pristine state, so as well as having to master the technical attributes of each individual piece of equipment, Dom is expected to produce his work to an extremely high standard. I can appreciate that we have a very talented apprentice who I am sure will continue to be an asset to our company and the industry sector.”


Employers seeking advice on hiring apprentices and on the new Apprenticeship Levy should contact the Apprenticeships and Training team on 0800 085 8860.


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