Apprentices and employers from across North Wales celebrated this week at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's annual Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, which is sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power.

The Award Ceremony, which was held at Bangor University's Pritchard Jones Hall, saw Accountancy apprentice Tomos Williams presented with the highest accolade: 'Apprentice of the year 2018-19' - an award which is bestowed on just one apprentice selected from the evening's category winners.

Tomos is currently a student at Coleg Llandrillo and is employed by accountancy firm Dunn and Ellis Cyf.

He was selected not only for his academic achievements, but because of his commitment to his studies and the department.

Tomos has been an advocate for the AAT qualification, has supported fellow students as they join the department, and represented the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai at the Wales Accountancy World Skills competitions.

Speaking at the ceremony, Tomos commented:

I'm grateful to Dunn and Ellis Cyf for giving me the opportunity to work with them become an apprentice. I've learnt a lot as a result of and I'm looking forward to continuing my education and training with a view to eventually becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Amongst the other winners on the evening was business owner Katie Parry, Apprentice of the Year - Hair and Beauty. She completed an apprenticeship with Coleg Menai and has since gone on establish her own salon, KT's Salon which she is in the process of expanding into larger premises. She has also taken on apprentices of her own.

Nearly 900 apprentices completed their apprenticeship framework with Grŵp LLandrillo Menai, 43 of these young people were nominated and attended the event with family and employers. 13 awards were presented on the evening including the converted Overall Apprentice of the Year, which is chosen from the winners of the other categories.

For young people of business who are interested in Apprenticeships should visit www.gllm.ac.uk/busnes or contact 08445 460 460.