Above: Apprentice of the year students with their certificates. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

High-flying College of West Anglia apprentices were presented with awards at a celebration event at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

The evening was compered by Mark Reavell, executive director of partnerships at the Lynn-based college.

A total of 16 students, which represented a winner from each industry sector, received their award from college principal David Pomfret.

Mr Pomfret said: “It is great that we have been able to celebrate these awards during National Apprenticeship Week.

“Our apprentices are really valued in the workplace and I am proud to be celebrating the work they do at this event.”

Guest speaker was Paul Davis, creative director of Top to Toe Hairdressing and Beauty Salon in Wisbech.

He said how apprenticeships had helped his business to thrive and he hoped to take on more trainees.

Mr Davis had his own award for the winner of the college Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year, which he presented to Eleanor Johnson.

Guest Mr John Clarke presented two awards – the Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy  in memory of his son Kevin, a college electrical apprentice who died in a car accident in 1984 aged 19.

He said: “My family and I always like to support the apprentices and both of the Kevin Clarke memorial trophy winners were deserving lads.”

Year One winner was Joe Yaxley, who said: “I was very pleased to be nominated and was not expecting to win.”

Jordan Rollins, of Rollins Electrical in Tydd St Mary, winner of the college’s  electrotechnical apprentice of the year and the Year Two Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy winner, said: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others as I’ve experienced so much more from learning on the job.”

The winners of the apprenticeship award categories go forward to the college’s annual student awards on June 29 when one young person will be named as overall apprentice of the year’.

Winners were: Shane Denton, (construction), Matthew Reed (retail), Rebecca Hardy (information technology), Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse (childcare), Jordan Rollins (electrotechnical), Jake Seekings (engineering), Eleanor Johnson (hairdressing), Harry Barker (health and social care), Blue Revell (horticulture), Sadie Cooper (hospitality), Sema Ozbek (laboratory technician), Matthew Fay (motor vehicle),  Jack Bliss (plumbing), Lydia Hickey teaching assistant), Megan Nurse (business administration)and Joe Yaxley (Kevin Clarke Award).