2018 Winners

Find out more about the winners of the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

Cornwall's 2018 Apprentice of the Year Daniel Rutter with hosts Neil Caddy and Holly Day from Pirate FM

Cornwall's 2018 Apprentice of the Year Daniel Rutter with hosts Neil Caddy and Holly Day from Pirate FM

Daniel Rutter - Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group - Overall Apprentice of the Year / Engineering and Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year

At the beginning of his Apprenticeship Daniel was achieving pass and merit grades in his assessments but was sure he could do better. He was so determined to do so that he went on to achieve distinction grades in all subsequent assessments. Daniel is extremely passionate about his learning and is always eager to develop his understanding. Daniel has modified one of the fixtures in the Machine Shop, using a 3D printer to attach extra fixtures meaning 16 housing can be heat-treated in 30 minutes, rather than just 5. Daniel is also a regular ambassador for Watson-Marlow at its STEM events, confidently engaging with pupils at the school. Daniel is innovative in his approch to problem-solving and is always looking for opportunities to grow as an engineer, and all managers have commented on his extremely positive attitude. He is a clear example of someone with a passion for engineering.

Amelia Wilson - Cornwall Council - Apprentice Achiever of the Year

Amelia is registered blind, a guide dog user and uses specialist software to perform exceptionally well in her role, and has become an integral part of her team. Amelia has shown outstanding commitment to expanding her skills and knowledge, seeking out additional training opportunities, taking sole responsibility for a number of tasks and advising members of the public on a variety of queries. Amelia has approached and overcome the challenges presented by her disability with great personal strength and dignity, and in this respect she is a role model to us all. She has proactively challenged barriers she has experienced in both the workplace and training environment, resulting in reviewed practice. This can only have a positive benefit for future Apprentices and employees.

Bethan Kent - Tregothnan - Accountancy Apprentice of the Year

Since joining Tregothnan over a year ago as part of her Level 3 Accountancy Apprenticeship, Bethan has become an integral part of not only the Accounts Department but the Estate and Trading Office as the ‘go to’ employee for supporting projects and events. Bethan was responsible for the organisation of an Apprenticeship Recruitment Open Day at Tregothnan and delivered an exceptional presentation to prospective Apprentices, taking control of all aspects of the event from health and safety to catering. During her time at Tregothnan, Bethan has grown from strength to strength and has established herself as a key member of the team. Her role has seen her develop a robust purchase order system for the business to assist in cash flow and budgeting, which has transformed the day-to-day management of the business.

Thomas Hyde - Vision Independent Financial Planning - Business Apprentice of the Year

Thomas started his Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship straight after leaving school and despite his age, quickly settled into the busy office and developed a professional attitude. Thomas has made many changes to processes within his office which have improved the efficiency of everyone in the team. Tom has also managed to save the company £7,000 a year by encouraging the business to change its printing company for its corporate magazine. As well as working full time at Vision, Thomas has completed both his Mathematics and IT exams and has also passed his driving theory test. Tom approaches all of his tasks, both professional and personal, with an incredible desire to learn.

John Povey - Eden Project - Construction and Trade Occupations Apprentice of the Year

John completed his Level 2 Plumbing Apprenticeship at Eden and is now working his way through Level 3. Having a family to support, it was a difficult decision for John to take on an Apprenticeship, however he was determined to study and learn everything he could about the industry. The speed at which John has developed his understanding became evident when one of Eden’s fully qualified plumbers was on sick leave for over six weeks whilst another retired, leaving John as the only available plumber during this period. While many Apprentices may have been daunted by this situation, John took it in his stride and worked exceptionally hard to keep the site plumbing systems running. John worked hard to complete has Level 2 qualification way ahead of schedule and has now overtaken the rest of the group on the Level 3 programme. John is a perfect example of pure determination and hard work.

Charlotte Laity - Falmouth Exeter Plus - Customer Service and Retail Apprentice of the Year

Charlotte has added huge value in a short amount of time and is a brilliant example of what an Apprentice should epitomise. Charlotte was able to take the lead within the team in areas where they had a shortage of staff or skills and is responsible for the team’s social media. She quickly picks up and engages with new processes, despite the timetabling programme having a high level of mathematical complexity and coordination. Charlotte’s impressive capabilities and great work ethic has meant that she is now responsible for the timetabling of several departments from two higher education institutions; way ahead of the usual time expected. She is such a valued and respected member of the team and has recently been promoted to the role of timetabling officer.

Elliot Paull - Bluefruit - Digital and IT Apprentice of the Year

When Elliot joined Bluefruit, he quickly proved that he had an aptitude for development and has built on his abilities since day one. Elliot started his role working alongside the test team within the company and quickly moved into a document control position, a role that is usually filled by a permanent employee, but Elliot proved himself to be worthy of the role. The company usually aims to take on its Apprentices as permanent employees upon completion of their two year Apprenticeship; this is something that Elliot achieved within just six months of joining the company. Elliot has progressed so well in his role that he’s now producing work that the company are able to bill the client for; they would normally expect this from Apprentices who have been at the company for a minimum of 18 months.

Georgia Attenborough - NV Hairdressing - Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year

Georgia has always worked far beyond the required level, showing a wide range of skills that isn’t expected of a Level 2 Apprentice. She approaches her work with enthusiasm and is an incredibly valued member of her team. Her work ethic and eagerness to get the right results every time for her clients along with her positive mental attitude has led to Georgia becoming the “go to person” in her team. Throughout her training, Georgia has had underlying health issues which meant that sometimes she struggled to go to work. Some students in her position may have given up but Georgia has pushed through with such a positive attitude and so much determination. Georgia has naturally progressed to the Level 3 Hairdressing NVQ at NV this year and has a set of regular clients, confidently providing a full range of services to an exemplary standard.

Michelle Elliott - Port Isaac Surgery - Health and Social Care and Childcare Apprentice of the Year

Michelle began her Level 3 Healthcare Assistant Apprenticeship in 2017 and was initially very apprehensive as it was the first professional qualification she had undertaken. Being a mature student, Michelle has a lot of commitments; as well as working full time, she takes care of her young grandson and cares for her mother who suffers with dementia. At times, Michelle struggled to remain motivated, but she was determined to succeed. She embraced her learning to enhance her professional development, and now manages her own clients and works autonomously. Whilst working towards her Healthcare qualification, Michelle also undertook and passed her Maths and English qualifications, using her spare time to study. Michelle’s manager and colleagues are full of praise and are very impressed with her determination to succeed regardless of her personal challenges.

Aurelija Grikstiene - Headland Hotel - Hospitality Apprentice of the Year

Aurelija’s passion and dedication to her own learning is admirable. Since starting her Apprenticeship, Aurelija has been promoted to Head Housekeeper, confidently taking the reins of the largest department in the hotel. Aurelija challenged herself to take on appraisal meetings, inductions and training for the Housekeeping team, requiring little to no support and now completes them to the highest standard every time. Aurelija’s commitment to her Apprenticeship comes in abundance; regularly dropping in on days off, staying late to ensure the successful running of the department and providing almost 24-hour support to her team – all whilst being a mother. Functional skills were Aurelija’s main challenge due to English not being her first language, but she dedicated her time outside of work and study to focus on these skills. She is an inspiration to others, demonstrating that if you push yourself outside of your comfort zone, you can achieve a whole new level of success.

Amber Charman - H Tempest Ltd - Management and Marketing Apprentice of the Year

Amber has demonstrated a professional and mature approach to her work at H Tempest by reviewing the business’s social media strategy and then making suggestions on how to develop it further. By researching best practice and demonstrating a real understanding of how social media can be used to build relationships with customers, Amber increased the businesses Twitter following by 1,000. In January, the business ran a series of sales meetings for their field based staff, who visited the office in groups of 50 and Amber ran a training session on social media for them. Amber has never lost focus on her Apprenticeship and has constantly demonstrated commitment to her learning and development. She has done extra reading and research around the modules covered and applies them in a business context.

Jay-Dee Leach-West - Roseland Stores - Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year

Jay-Dee completed his Level 2 Motor Vehicle Engineering Apprenticeship and has now started his first year of the Level 3 Apprenticeship. Jay-Dee was worked hard to progress his self-confidence, skills and knowledge and goes about his tasks with a positive attitude, demonstrating exceptional quality in his work and a level of productivity that of a fully skilled vehicle technician. Jay-Dee has shown outstanding commitment to personal development, progression and training both in the workplace and at college, achieving excellent results in his assessments. Jay-Dee is highly skilled in sourcing information on the internet, and his college tutors have noted how willingly Jay-Dee shares this information with others in the group; he is a highly motivated team player who always shows consideration for the needs of others.

Serco Defence - Large Employer of the Year

Serco offers a diverse range of Apprenticeships including; Aeronautical Engineering, Logistics and Business Administration. Serco’s Apprenticeships are tailored to give learners responsibilities and opportunities to help grow their confidence and team-working skills, as these are integral to career progression. Its Apprentices are also given the opportunity to work within the community and with charities to encourage a sense of social responsibility. All of Serco’s Apprentices are guaranteed a job offer on completion of their course, and are therefore able to continue to support the local community.

Elis Boase, Apprentice at Serco, said, “I believe that Serco makes a positive difference to its Apprentices; the team helped me learn new skills and engage with local communities. I left school after year 11 and I’m now working with the team that put the first military aircraft on the Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.”

RRL - SME Employer of the Year

RRL currently has ten Apprentices studying a variety of different levels, from school leavers studying AAT Level 2 to Apprentices completing their Chartered Accountant qualifications. Everyone at RRL from Michelle the Office Manager to the partners, managers and all other staff are committed to the growth of the Apprenticeship scheme within the business. RRL also supports its Apprentices financially by paying for all of their learning and associated costs, enabling them to focus fully on their development. The firm has a progression system in place to encourage people to develop and progress, and the majority of its Apprentices decide to stay with them upon completion of their Apprenticeship.

2018 Award winners and highly commended nominees

Winners and highly commended nominees from the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.