APPRENTICES: Winners and guests at the college celebrations Pictures: Paul Tibbs

AMBITION, drive and talent was celebrated at the College of West Anglia annual apprenticeship awards. 

College principal, David Pomfret, presented 18 awards during the ceremony at King’s Lynn Town Hall and paid tribute to the apprentices for their hard work and achievements.

“Congratulations to all of our winners. They represent just a small proportion of our cohort and are a credit to the college,” he said.

Mr Pomfret had a first-hand taste of training last week when he marked national Apprenticeship Week with a stint working at Middleton Hall Golf Club as a horticultural apprentice.

Guest speaker at the ceremony was Neil Kirby, apprentice trainer  at Cambridgeshire firm Stainless Metalcraft Ltd, of Chatteris.

John Clarke presented two awards in memory of his son Kevin, a 19-year-old college electrical apprentice who died in a car crash in 1984.

The trophies were presented to Scott Black and Daniel Oakley. Daniel also won the eletrotechnical apprenticeship category award.

Other winners and sponsors  were: Ethan Crown (Anglia IT Solutions, of King’s Lynn) Business Administration Apprentice. Joshua Lake (Rae Rudd Builders, of King’s Lynn) Construction Apprentice. Lauren Steele (West Norfolk Borough Council) Customer Service Apprentice.

Abbie Tuddenham (Norse Commercial Services, of Norwich)  IT Apprentice. Joshua Peel (Dersingham Early Years Nursery) Childcare Apprentice. Daniel Oakley (Wisbech Electrical) Electrotechnical Apprentice. Thomas Richardson (Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd) Engineering Apprentice. Charlotte Groom (Gatsby’s Barbers and Ladies Salon, of Fakenham)  Hairdressing Apprentice.

Emma Smith (North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech) Health and Social Care Apprentice. Ben Shipp (Ely Golf Club)  Horticulture Apprentice. Carly Walden  (Kimberley Care Home, of Long Sutton) Hospitality Apprentice. Gary Thorpe (Anglian Water) Laboratory Technician Apprentice.

Jessica Frere-Smith (Whelk Coppers Tea Room, of Sheringham) Management Apprentice. Jamie Hain (A. Reeve Performance)  Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice.

Charles Mullins (Holbeach Heating Ltd) Plumbing Apprentice. Julie Thompson (Ramnoth Junior School, of Wisbech)  Teaching Assistant Apprentice.

Kieren Buxton (Norfolk County Council) Youth Work Apprentice. Scott Black (CJM Electrical Specialists Ltd, King’s Lynn) Kevin Clarke Award.