Apprentice Awards & Recognition

Picture: Alfie Comer - Level 2 Bench Joiner - Gelder Joinery Limited, Kidlington. Presented by Carl Hewlett, Works Manager - 11 February 2022 - as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Attending City of Oxford College, Blackbird Leys


The local Industry’s future seems to be in good shape...!

As a Group, we remain highly committed to celebrating the achievements of the Apprentices across the industry. Not being able to stage our ‘flagship’ Awards Evening back in October, we chose to concentrate on the importance of National Apprenticeship Week (7 - 13 February) in order to recognise what has been achieved, in spite of the adversity over the last two years. With this in mind, each Nominee was visited, either on site or in a workshop/office setting, with the aim of receiving a Group Commendation, as a celebration of their good work and commitment to their employer, supplemented by a token monetary reward to spend how they wished.

Although the focus was always the 2020/21 Academic Year, the following categories of qualification, across all trades, provided the impetus:

NVQ Level 3

NVQ Level 2

Merit Award

Irrespective of where we found ourselves in the educational cycle, for many years, these Awards have always been designed to rightly recognise real academic achievement, normally ending each July. In addition, and for good measure, there is also a defined Criteria for a Merit Award, which is always a serious consideration, albeit qualification achievement not the priority. Therefore, tangible progress and measurable contribution within the business are vital ingredients.

With tradition being what it is, the aim of our more formal Awards Evening in late October still stands and we intend carrying over these 2021 Nominations, along with those that will be put forward from this August onwards. Nonetheless, the Group is mindful that the ‘years’ will have moved on by then, so the next level could easily apply with the same criteria remaining in place.

The Group is eternally grateful to those employers and training providers (namely Gelder Joinery Limited, W G Carter Limited, Townsend and Rideout, Heyford Park Developments, ACE Training, Swindon College, City of Oxford College etc.), along with the open agreement of each of the client sites to further the initiative’s cause. Moreover, each Nominee for entering into the true spirit of the proceedings and purpose, providing a reassuring opportunity to facilitate a meaningful forum, both in the context of practical skills and the more academic relationships, which appeared to be welcomed.

David Holbrook

Group Training Officer