Apprenticeship Talent Shines at Glittering Ceremonies
Enya Stewart-Williams and Steven Lyall, who both work for clothing chain Fat Face, have been named as Coleg Menai's and Coleg Llandrillo's 'Overall Apprentice of the Year' respectively.
The winners were announced at the annual Apprenticeship Award Ceremonies which recognise the achievements of apprentices from the length and breadth of north west Wales.
Timed to take place just ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from the 4th March, the ceremonies brought together the most talented apprentices from across the grŵp. Finalists are nominated by their tutors, with the winners being announced on the evening.
Coleg Llandrillo's Apprenticeship Awards took place at the Orme View Training Restaurant, with food, refreshments and entertainment provided by the college's Hospitality and Catering and Music Technology students.
Steven Lyall won the 'Management Apprenticeship Award', only to be announced as the 'Overall Apprentice of Year' minutes later. Having had a difficult time at school, Steven decided to return to education as an adult. He recently completed an NVQ in Team Building and Management.
An excellent and conscientious student, Steve was chosen for the' Overall Apprentice of the Year Award' because of his wider contribution to the community. He does many hours of voluntary work for the environmental charity 'Surfers Against Sewerage' and runs the social enterprise '3rd SPACE' at the Orme View Brewery, which hosts the 'Gorgeous Secrets' event.
Speaking at the awards Steve said: "It was a really lovely surprise, especially as I've had to work hard to overcome dyslexia. The apprenticeship taught me new ways of working and allowed me to develop in my job. Getting the award was a very proud moment."
Enya Stewart-Williams, Coleg Menai's 'Overall Apprentice of the Year' commented: "I was really thrilled to win the Retail category award first and then the overall prize. It was nerve wracking but I am so pleased."
Anna Thompson, assistant manager at Fat Face, added: "Enya has brought such a lot to the business: she has a real artistic flair and been able to use this talent in a way that really benefits the business. We are very pleased for her; she's a valued member of staff."
The Apprenticeship Award Ceremony at Coleg Menai was sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power and took place at the college's historic Friars site.
Greg Evans, Horizon's director of safety and generation, addressed the apprentices, encouraging them to "never stop learning", stating that completing their apprenticeship is "just the beginning".
These are indeed wise words from someone who started his career in the nuclear submarine service within the US Navy. Greg has now worked in the nuclear industry for over 35 years, in a series of high-level management positions.
An annual event, the Apprenticeship Awards are one of the highlights of the academic year. They celebrate the achievements of over 1,100 apprentices who completed their apprenticeships during 2015-16.
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers a whole range of apprenticeships. For more information, visit gllm.ac.uk/busnes or call 08445 460 460. To mark National Apprenticeship Week, members of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's work-based learning team will be at the Deiniol Shopping Centre in Bangor and Victoria Shopping Centre in Llandudno to give advice and guidance about apprenticeship schemes.