This year we held the 12th Guild Apprentice of the Year Awards which continually sees ongoing developments to keep them relevant to today’s world, and will continue to do so.

These awards have continued to gather momentum and prestige over the years and we are proud that we receive applications from such a diverse range of apprentice schemes including engineering, manufacturing, all types of business activities, schools and education, the health service, dressmaking, vehicle maintenance, and housing services to name a few.

This year we saw a very high quality of applications – making the shortlisting, and the final decision of who should be our Apprentices of the Year and Endeavour Award winner even more difficult than usual.

Each year we seek nominations from businesses and training providers for young people who have shown exceptional ability in their chosen apprenticeship and whose achievements will inspire others. An application form is completed which provides us with details of the apprentice’s academic and job attainments, career prospects, participation in other activities (including community work) and other supporting information – particularly any obstacles the apprentice has overcome. From the applications a short-listing panel selects six finalists – three in the Small/Medium Employer category and three in the Large Employer category. In addition the panel looks for potential finalists for our Endeavour Award which is a discretionary award for exceptional achievement for example through civic participation, voluntary work and/or overcoming a difficult challenge in life. The finalists are then interviewed by a panel of judges drawn from the Guild, community, business and academia.

All of our finalists were invited to the Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016 dinner held in St Mary’s Guildhall on 24 January 2017. The Lord Mayor, Cllr Lindsley Harvard and Guild Master, Steven Morson, made presentations to the Apprentices of the Year in the Small/Medium Employer and Large Employer categories, the Endeavour Award winner and to the remaining finalists.

In addition to a trophy and certificate, the two Apprentices of the Year received cheques for £1000, The Endeavour Award winner received a cheque for £100 and the finalists received a cheque for £100. Presentations of trophies were also made to the employers and training providers of the two Apprentices of the Year.

We were delighted to welcome Dave Moorcroft OBE, former middle-distance and long-distance runner, and former world record holder for 5,000 metres, as our guest speaker.


The Results!

Apprentice of the Year Small/Medium Employer 2016

Ella Jackson

Employer – Robert Welch Design Ltd.

Training Provider – Warwickshire College


Ciaran Gillespie – Green Telecom

Zorah Lahrasab – St Joseph Cash Primary School

Apprentice of the Year Large Employer 2016

Shannon Lynch

Employer – Jaguar Land Rover

Training Provider – Warwickshire College


Christopher James – MTC

Robert Wardle – Jaguar Land Rover

Endeavour Award Winner 2016

Christopher James – MTC

As always we are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors.

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