Workplace training specialists HGTA (Herefordshire Group Training Association) celebrated local businesses and learners at their Annual Apprentice Awards Evening last Wednesday (13 November).

Cllr Kath Hey, Mayor of Hereford with Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Sebastian Bowen

The event attracted over 300 guests to The Courtyard in Hereford; including the Mayor of Hereford, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff of Herefordshire and Chairman of the Council as well as many representatives from local businesses, educational establishments and learners.
The evening also included an inspirational talk from special guest speaker Belinda Kirk, who has worked with explorers such as Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. Belinda spoke about how she has helped others to overcome adversity during her travels and encouraged attendees to step out of their comfort zone.

The recipients of the Special Winners Award [Jamie Thomas not pictured]

Engineering and Commerce Apprentices were awarded their Qualification certificates during the evening, as well as the first ever cohort of Management apprentices. This was followed by a presentation of HGTA Special Awards which go to the highest commended Apprentices in their specialist area and year of study as well as awards for Employer of the Year and Apprentice Champion.

The evening was a great success, with attendees commenting on their
pride in the apprentices’ achievements and enjoyment of HGTA’s
innovative presentation.

The evening’s winners were as follows:

Commerce Endeavour Award
Marley George
(The Kindle Centre)

Excellence in Accountancy
Ben Morgan
(Thorne Widgery)

Commerce Personal Development
Zuzanna Kazmierczak
( SES Hereford Limited )

Commerce Level 2 Apprentice of the Year
Hannah Hughes
( Central Roofing & Building Services Limited)

Commerce Level 3 Apprentice of the Year
Samuel Ivey
(Berry bpi Leominster )

Engineering Personal Development
Pierre Oosthuizen
(Heineken UK)

Engineering Endeavour award
Samuel Pryce-Rattle
(TRP Sealing Systems)

Engineering First Year Apprentice of the Year
Matthew Frost
(The Haigh Engineering Company Ltd)

Engineering Craft Apprentice of the Year
Mitchell Lawrence
(Kingspan Insulation)

Engineering Technician Apprentice of the Year
Scott Thompson
(Painter Brothers)

The John Rowberry Engineering Bursary awarded by Ross Rotary
Jamie Thomas
(The Haigh Engineering Company Ltd)

Employer of the Year
Central Roofing & Building Services Limited

Apprentice Champion of the Year
Nikki Mason
(Acre Accountancy Limited)