‘A Prentice’ wins Easton & Otley College Apprentice of the Year Award

12 March 2019

A former apprentice called ‘A Prentice’ scooped the top prize at an annual college awards educational showcase.

The Easton and Otley College Apprenticeship of the Year event took place at Wingfield Barns near Stradbroke on Wednesday 7 March 2019.

22 awards were handed out to individuals, businesses and tutors from across East Anglia amidst a national campaign (National Apprenticeship Week) that aims to shine a light on the importance of these qualifications (apprenticeships).

Chair of governors (Mark Pendlington) and college principal (Jane Townsend) presented trophies to all of the winners during an occasion that was attended by around 150 guests.

During the ceremony, Mr Pendlignton praised winners, employers and staff for their efforts.

Principal, Jane Townsend, said, “This evening is one of those moments where all of us get to share some of our student and employer experiences and achievements with a huge sense of pride. This is without doubt one of the highlights of our year.”

A Prentice (Ava Prentice) received the ‘apprentice of the year’ accolade. She originally worked in the fast food industry before going on to secure a position (on an apprenticeship) with Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses.

She said, “My partner was into farming and my grandparents had some sheep when I was growing up so when I saw a role as an apprentice dairy farmer, I went for it. It was a fantastic way to earn and learn. The college has been really supportive. I recommend Easton and Otley to others,” added the 20 year old who currently works for Earl Stonham Farms near Stowmarket in Suffolk.

The college supports a range of qualifications in different industries and awards were given to those working in agriculture, agricultural engineering, business, education, greenkeeping, equestrianism, horticulture and sport.

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