Wales’ work-based learning sector was last night celebrated at the Welsh Government Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021. The ceremony, which was held virtually for the first time, recognised inspirational learners, successful employers and dedicated practitioners.
ColegauCymru member colleges secured awards in six of the 12 categories including Foundation Apprentice of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Higher Apprentice of the Year and Tomorrow’s Talent. There were also wins for all 3 Employer of the Year categories.
Dr Barry Walters, Principal of Pembrokeshire College, who chairs the ColegauCymru Work-Based Learning Strategic Group said,
“We send our warmest congratulations to all the winners and finalists. The Welsh Government Apprenticeship Awards are a welcome recognition of the value of apprenticeship programmes here in Wales. As we emerge from a particularly challenging period, we’re delighted that the hard work of learners, practitioners and businesses alike is getting the acknowledgement they so richly deserve.”
The annual event showcased the talents of 35 finalists who have excelled on the Welsh Government Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programmes during what has been a difficult and unprecedented year. Funded by Welsh Government and with support from the European Social Fund, Wales’ Apprenticeship Programme has benefitted thousands of learners in recent years.
ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added,
“Alongside FE college programmes, apprenticeships are a vital part of the economic recovery and prosperity of Wales in a post-Covid world. It is heartening to see work-based learning programmes celebrated in this way.”
Foundation Apprentice of the Year
Bethany Mason, Coleg y Cymoedd
Apprentice of the Year
William Davies, Bridgend College
Sophie Williams, Coleg y Cymoedd
Small Employer of the Year
Compact Orbital Gears Ltd, NPTC Group of Colleges
Medium Employer of the Year
Convey Law, Cardiff and Vale College
Large Employer of the Year
Aspire Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil, Coleg y Cymoedd linked with Coleg Gwent and The College Merthyr Tydfil