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Awards celebrate outstanding Apprentices and Apprenticeship employers

14th March 2018

City College Norwich held its annual Apprenticeship Awards at Norwich International Aviation Academy on Monday night, putting the spotlight on its outstanding Apprentices and the employers who have shown exceptional support for Apprenticeship training.

The awards event took place at the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2018) which celebrates Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.  NAW2018 has the theme #ApprenticeshipsWork. 

The experience at City College Norwich is certainly that more and more individuals and employers are seeing that Apprenticeships work for them:  The college has seen strong demand for Apprenticeship training over the last year, with the number of Apprenticeship starts up by 14.3% since last April.  

Nine awards were presented to Apprentices in recognition of their achievements and progress in Apprenticeships including hairdressing, customer service, marketing, carpentry, engineering, and more, reflecting the diverse range of Apprenticeships available through the college.  The winners were chosen from over 1,300 Apprentices learning with the college in 2016/17.   

Apprentice of the Year: Josh Wraith

An Overall Apprentice of the Year was announced on the night.  This honour went to Josh Wraith, 21, from North Walsham, who is close to completing a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Admin at Victory Housing. 

Former Paston College student Josh has been on a remarkable journey over the last 2 years.  For many years Josh found communication challenging in some situations, but it was not until the age of 19 that the reason for this was identified when he was told he has Asperger’s Syndrome.   

Rather than being disheartened by this discovery, it spurred Josh on to seek out the help and support that could enable him to move forward in his life.  He started working with the MINT employment service in Norwich, whose Job Coaches supported Josh to build his confidence and successfully apply for the role of Apprentice Corporate Support Administrator with Victory Housing.

Josh, who works in the Corporate Support team, said: “The team at Victory have been really supportive, plus I get the help of my MINT Job Coach and Apprenticeship assessor.  They’ve all been supporting me all the way.  The work is varied, which I like, and I am doing things that I am comfortable with.  Being an Apprentice has definitely worked for me and I am really happy to be where I am now.  It has allowed me to get the experience at work and a qualification at the same time.”     

Hayley Winnett, Victory Housing’s Corporate Support Manager, was impressed with Josh throughout the application and interview process and says that Josh went on to rapidly establish himself as a valued member of staff:

“Josh has a really good reputation in the team because of his attitude to work, his capability and his skills set.  He is regularly asked by other departments to help out and receives great feedback for his work.  Josh works well with the team, participates in full team meetings, and has really become part of the Victory family.  We are super proud to have Josh in our team.  For Josh to receive this award was fantastic, it was quite emotional, and I am so proud of Josh and what he has achieved.”

Josh’s valued contribution in his role was recently rewarded with the offer of a permanent position with Victory Housing, which Josh was delighted to accept.  It is planned that he will go on to do the Level 3 Business Admin Apprenticeship.  “To get a permanent position was great!”, said Josh.

Employer Awards

In addition to celebrating the achievements of individual Apprentices, there were four employer awards presented on the night.  The Apprenticeship Employer of the Year awards went to Lewis Electrical (Micro category), Plandescil (Small to Medium employer) and ATB Laurence Scott (Large employer). 

The award for Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships went to Paul Wright, Apprenticeship Strategy Manager for Norfolk County Council. 

Announcing this award, Ed Rose, Head of Employer Responsive Delivery, City College Norwich, said:

“Paul has represented apprenticeships locally, and on more than one occasion, nationally to make sure that employers and apprentices in the County are supported, recognised and advocated for.  His drive to make sure that Norfolk Apprenticeships continue to thrive is genuinely second to none.”

City College Norwich Apprenticeship Award Winners 2018


  • Service Industries Apprentice of the Year (Hairdressing, Hospitality and Warehousing)
    Georgina Smith, Total Revive

  • Business Apprentice of the Year (Admin, Finance, Management, Customer Service)
    Jamil Ahmed, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

  • Creative & Digital, Marketing and Enterprise Apprentice of the Year
    Daniel Copeman, All Hallows Healthcare

  • Construction Apprentice of the Year (Electrotech,Plumbing, Troweland Wood Occupations)
    Daniel Bunn, Blue Door Developments

  • Engineering Apprentice of the Year
    Shaun Stoker, ATB Laurence Scott

  • Health Apprentice of the Year
    Tara Box, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

  • Childcare, Education and Early Years Apprentice of the Year
    Georgia Lemmon, Right for Success: Sewell Park Academy

  • Higher Apprentice of the Year
    Roy Steward, East Coast Community Health

  • Overcoming Barriers to Achievement Award
    Joshua Wraith, Victory Housing

  • Overall Apprentice of the Year
    Joshua Wraith, Victory Housing


  • Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (Micro – up to 10 staff)
    Lewis Electrical

  • Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (Small to Medium –10 to 250 staff)

  • Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (Large – over 250 staff)
    ATB Laurence Scott

  • Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships
    Paul Wright, Norfolk County Council