THE finalists for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards have been named.

Judges say they have shortlisted an “exceptional group” of finalists that highlight the hugely positive contribution that apprenticeships have made on the county. There were a large number of nominations in 10 categories for the awards, which will culminate in an awards ceremony at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park on November 15.

The award finalists include:

School of the year - Catshill Middle School, Dyson Perrins C of E Academy and RSA Academy Arrowvale.

Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year – Alex McLaughlin, Brockencote Hall, Demelza Pike, Yamazaki Mazak and Joshua Rogers, CP Foods.

Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year – Aleksandra Rychlik, Kanes Foods, Bethany Clayton, Morgan Advanced Materials and Thomas Morris, Morgan Motors.

Higher Level Apprentice of the Year – Amy-Louise Annis, Myriad Centre, Anthony Hegenbarth, North Bromsgrove School and Jamie Andrews, AVL UK.

Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year - Payara, Malvern and Thomas Weston Construction of Kidderminster.

Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year - Buzz Electrical Ltd, Evesham and Give as You Live, Evesham.

Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Phosters Ltd, Kidderminster and Sencon UK Ltd, Droitwich.

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – OGL Computer, Kidderminster and Sanctuary Group, Worcester.

Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year – Nicky Scott, Worcestershire Group Training Association and Vikki Greenfield, University of Worcester.

Training Provider of the Year – Midland Group Training Services, Redditch, Nova, Redditch, and WCG Pershore.

Tables for the finals night have now gone on sale and spaces at the high-profile event are very limited. Seats cost £85 each and a table of 10 can be bought for £800.

Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “My congratulations go to all finalists for this year’s awards."

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