Annual college awards ceremony ‘shines a light’ on apprenticeships

13 March 2018

Businesses and students from across East Anglia were celebrated during an annual college awards ceremony.

The occasion based around apprenticeships was hosted by Easton and Otley College where 22 accolades were given out during a ceremony that took place at Bressingham Hall in Suffolk.

The overall apprentice of the year award was given to Hollie Beattie from North Walsham. (In addition to the overall award, Hollie received the intermediate professional studies apprentice of the year accolade).

Hollie received her award from last year’s overall apprentice of the year winner, Amy McCormack. (Amy was a former army sergeant who changed career and now she is head gardener at country estate in East Anglia).

After receiving the top award, 23 year old Hollie, said, “I feel shocked to have won this. It was inspiring to hear the speech from last year’s winner. I feel honoured. Apprenticeships are a great way to work, get your foot in the door of a business and gain a qualification. They are a brilliant thing to do.”

This was the second ceremony that the college has hosted this event to help celebrate the success of both apprentices and employers in the region.

The occasion was hosted by the chair of governors at the college, Mark Pendlington.

Winners came from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The winners from Cambridgeshire were as follows:

Intermediate apprentice of the year:

Daniel Cross from Fordham who works for The Jockey Club Estates

Large land based employer of the year

The Jockey Club Estates

The Essex winners were as follows:

Advanced agricultural apprentice of the year:

Ysabella Powis from Rayleigh

Large non land based employer of the year:

Colchester Borough Council - Leisure World

The Norfolk winners were as follows:

Intermediate agricultural apprentice of the year:

Luke Dewing from Norwich

Engineering apprentice of the year:

Stephen Hastings from Wymondham

Advanced sport apprentice of the year:                                                                                                                

Liam Burnett from Great Yarmouth

Intermediate professional studies apprentice of the year:

Hollie Beattie from North Walsham

Vet nursing apprentice of the year:

Kellie Brown from North Walsham

Small land based employer of the year:

Companion Care from Sprowston

Work Experience employer of the year:

Weston Equestrian Centre from Norwich


The Suffolk winners were as follows:

Advanced horticultural apprentice of the year:

Hayley Underdown from Lowestoft

Vehicle maintenance apprentice of the year:

Billy Newton from Aldeburgh

Intermediate sport apprentice of the year:

Emily Heaslip from Bury St Edmunds

Advanced professional studies apprentice of the year:

Nicola Cox from Diss

Hospitality apprentice of the year:

Rosemary Thorrington from Ipswich

Special recognition award:

Sally Phillipson from Bungay

Ambassador award

Craig Thompson from Stowupland

Small non land based employer of the year:

Haverhill community sports association

Special recognition business award:                                                                                                                       

Ipswich Buses

Work experience employer:

Blue Cross

Head of employer engagement at the college, Louise Wicks, said, “This event was set up to shine a light on some of the amazing businesses and individuals that we support via apprenticeships.

“They (apprenticeships) don’t always get the recognition they deserve in comparison with other qualifications such as A-levels therefore we are happy to champion their importance during this celebratory evening.”

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