Weston College wins big at Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards

Weston College has been crowned as the Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2022 – this is the fourth time the College has been presented with this accolade.

The winners of the 2022 Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards were announced at a special event at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

The ceremony, held at the home of Bristol City FC and the Bristol Bears rugby side on Tuesday, May 17, celebrated the best and brightest learners in the region and the companies helping them succeed.

The event was hosted by radio presenter Paris Troy. Winners included individuals and organisations from a wide variety of sectors - from construction to hospitality - who have managed to succeed despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Weston College learners also picked up prestigious awards, with Vijay Rajacholan a Wessex Water apprentice winning the Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Young Recruit; Vijay is on the Water Process Technician Apprenticeship, delivered jointly by Weston College and Wessex Water.

Another deserving winner was Keely Marsland who is an apprentice at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. Keely was presented with Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Health, Wellbeing and Care.

This year also saw a Weston College employer partner win - Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust won the Large Employer of the Year (250 +) category in recognition of their apprenticeship pathways which they have in place for their Health Apprentices, enabling them to progress within the health care sector, they were also recognised for being great apprenticeship ambassadors, through the support and recognition they give their learners and the importance they show apprenticeships within the Trust.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College Group, said:

“I am delighted that the College has won this award, and that Vijay and Keely’s apprenticeship were recognised individually for their great determination, achievements and the impact they are providing for their employers. I was also thrilled that the terrific work that’s going on at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust was recognised, they are an absolute pleasure to partner with and share our ethos of creating brighter futures for learners.

“These accolades really do showcase the amazing work that goes on in this College on a daily basis. Weston College delivers a range of apprenticeships from Level 2 to degree-level and works with many high-profile employers and SMEs across the region and our team are once again bucking the national trend, creating new opportunities for our learners.”

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