10 former apprentices are battling for public votes to be named the City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2013 and you can now have your say. The award, which is in its second year, recognises the significant impact apprentices make on their employer’s business development and growth.The candidates - each representing a different region of England - have been selected not just for the successes they have seen since completing their apprenticeships, but also for the role they have played in championing apprenticeships amongst schools, young people and the public.
- Ben Clarke (Superior Seals) – South Central
- Matthew Dennison (Blue Flame Cornwall Ltd) – South West
- Chloe Gailes (Barclays Bank PLC) – Greater Manchester
- Nicola Harker (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) – North East
- Karen Lowry-Hall (The Community Housing Group) – West Midlands
- Nichola Mitchell (BAE Systems) – Liverpool City Region
- Steve Rawlings (Building Lives CIC) – London
- Helen Roe (Exceed) – Yorkshire and the Humber
- Matthew Roe (La Rock Restaurant) – East Midlands
- Andy Turner (Cisco Systems Limited) – Thames Valley
The first round of voting is now open, and the top 3 finalists will be announced on 14 October. After this, the top 3 will then have a final 5 days to push their vote tally to a new high in a bid to be named overall champion. The winner will be announced at the annual National Apprenticeship Awards, which is being held during The Skills Show 2013 on 14 November.
Last year's winner
Jenny Westwood, from BAE Systems was named Apprentice of the Year in 2012. Since then, she has continued to champion apprenticeships and encourage other young people to recognise the benefits of earning while they learn. "My apprenticeship was the best possible career choice I could have made and being Apprenticeship Champion of the Year has been an honour," she said. "Throughout the year I’ve spoken at countless events, met senior politicians and used my award to ensure as many young people as possible realise what a positive choice becoming an apprentice is."