Excellence in Business Training and Apprenticeships celebrated

Local businesses and apprentices from Trafford and Greater Manchester gathered at Hotel Football on Tuesday 21 March to celebrate Trafford College’s Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

The awards, which are sponsored by Intu Trafford Centre, celebrate some of the borough’s most talented apprentices and the exceptional organisations that go the extra mile to give their workforce the edge though training and skills development.


The celebration saw over 25 awards presented to apprentices and organisations who have shown great commitment and dedication to training and development over the past year, by Principal, Lesley Davies and guest speaker Becs Jeffery, a participant in BBC’s The Apprentice 2016, A broad cross-section of industries was represented including business, sport, building services, hospitality and engineering to name but a few.

One of the apprentices celebrating her award for ‘Overall Apprentice of the Year’ was Jade Hill.


Jade, 24, from Nottinghamshire, is currently a pharmacy apprentice with Macclesfield General Hospital. Jade was recognised for her unwavering dedication to her programme, through which she has already built an impressive reputation with her peers and departmental manager, as well as her College tutors and assessors. Incredibly, Jade commuted 150 miles per day to attend College but was never late. She was described as ‘a hardworking, intelligent and dedicated learner who can always be relied on in the hospital pharmacy department to produce academic work of the very highest standard.’ Her predicated grade on her course in Pharmaceutical Science is Distinction * Distinction * which is a testament to her consistent efforts. She has already laid the foundations for a highly successful career and she is expected to become on the future leaders for the pharmacy profession in the North West.


Jade commented, “I was totally shocked when I heard I’d won the Overall Apprentice of the Year award! I was very new to pharmacy, so I feel especially thrilled to win. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the help and support of my tutors at College and my colleagues from work so I’d like to say a huge thank you to them.”


Karen Burton, Pharmacy Operations Manager added, “Our relationship with Trafford College has been a productive, innovative and happy one for years and our apprenticeship success is due to this relationship and the support for our amazing apprentices.”


As well as scooping her award, Jade also walked away from the ceremony with £100 worth of vouchers from the award sponsors, Intu Trafford Centre.


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