Public vote - 2017 Achiever of the Year

Thank you to everyone who nominated for this year's Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards. Nominations have been shortlisted and our judges need your help to determine who will receive the 2017 Apprentice Achiever of the Year Award on 17th November.

2016’s Achiever of the Year Lucy Wilton, with John Parkes from Headline Sponsors GetMyFirstJob.

Nominations for the awards have now closed and nominees have been shortlisted for the awards evening on 17th November. The Achiever of the Year category awards an Apprentice who has overcome significant milestones to benefit both themselves and their employer through an Apprenticeship. 

The stories of 2017 Achiever of the Year nominees Alisha Stone, Diane Jones and Oliver Weeks can be found at where members of the public can also vote for their winner – voting closes on 2nd October.

2016’s Achiever of the Year, Lucy Wilton, Chef Apprentice from the Eden Project, was awarded after overcoming challenging personal issues to become a vital member of the team. Her nominator, Jed Langdon from the Eden Project, said; “Lucy has shone, she has created dishes for Eden’s Mediterranean Terrace Restaurant and had her recipes published in Eden Life magazine. Due to family circumstances she juggles being in the workplace with assisting a family member in hospital. It amazes her managers how she is able to do this whilst at the same time putting in extremely hard work at Eden and in her training”.

After a fantastic event in 2016, seventeen businesses have come out in force to support the Awards in 2017.

David Allison, Director of GetMyFirstJob, said "We have been supporting The Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards for the past 3 years, and have seen them go from strength to strength. We are proud to have helped transform the lives of thousands of young people, by supporting colleges, employers and providers to find talent for the future." 

Kelly Huntingdon, National Business Development Manager from VTCT, said: “VTCT develops qualifications to meet the requirements of the service sector, specialising in hair, beauty, hospitality and sports. We are proud to sponsor the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, as part of our partnership with Truro and Penwith College, the event is a powerful testimony to the impact such collaboration can achieve.”

Steve Andrews, Managing Director of Steve Andrews Autocare Group, commented: “We are proud to be able to support and develop local talent, in all aspects of our business.  Our excellent partnership with Truro and Penwith College enables us to grow our staff and our business in tandem, ensuring our development opportunities actively support our business needs, securing both its foundations and our future planning. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year category, and to be part of an event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of Cornish Apprentices.”

Tom Moran, Business Development Manager at Truro and Penwith College, gave thanks to the sponsors, saying; “it is clear that Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular option for both learners and employers, and it’s really important we recognise all of the exceptional work that is happening in the county”.

“An event of this magnitude does just that, but it simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses and for this we are incredibly grateful”.

Anyone seeking advice on Apprenticeship training programmes, or for opportunities to get involved in the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards should contact the Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeship team on 01872 242711 or email 

2017 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards Shortlist


Ellen Curnow - Lang Bennetts Chartered Accountants

James Bosley - Red Hotels Ltd

Alisha Stone - Robinson Reed Layton


Sammy Swabey – Truro and Penwith College

Diane Jones - Oltco Ltd

Alexandra Phillips - Furniture World - Oak City


Oliver Weeks - RHR Construction

Ahren Warwick - Williams and Clay

Adam Turner - Robert Banks

Customer Service

Anna Chainey-Readings - J Shoes

Rebecca-Jay Thorpe - Cornwall Council

Benjamin Hood - Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Digital & IT

Daniel Cannons - Tregothnan

Sami Woon - King's Business Limited

Michael Doney - Focus Technology Europe Ltd

Engineering & Manufacturing

Spencer Brewer – WES Engineering Solutions

Thomas Hicks – WES Engineering Solutions

Grant Roberts – Cornwall Farm Machinery 

Hair & Beauty

Shannon O'Regan - Marzipan Hair Salon

Emma Roberts - St.Michaels Hotel & Spa

Rhianna Wheeler - Joanne Innis

Health, Social Care and Childcare

Gemma Hughes - CORMAC Community Services

Adam Annear - Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

Sophie Poulton - Carnon Downs Surgery


Laurissa Barriball – The Rick Stein Group

Eleanor Bolton - The Old Coastguard

Daniel Sales - The Dining Room

Motor Vehicle

Joshua Sheppard - Matt Turner Mechanical Services

Lerryn Bishop - Pryors Garage

Ashleigh Johnson - Westways Filling Station

Marketing & Management

Kiera Anderson - Penwith Community Development Trust

Madeline Murphy – Tregothnan 

Niki Thomas – Truro and Penwith College

Achiever of the Year

Alisha Stone - Robinson Reed Layton

Diane Jones - Oltco Ltd

Oliver Weeks - RHR Construction

Large Employer


Eden Project

Cornwall Council 

SME Employer

The Victoria Inn

Robinson Reed Layton