Two Bradford College Apprentices were winners at the prestigious Bradford Council Apprenticeship of the Year Awards, collecting the Apprentice of the Year and Trainer's Choice awards respectively.
Matthew Hayes was named Apprentice of The Year, upon receiving the award he said "I'm quite shocked to be getting it, but I am also quite proud". Matthew works as an apprentice plumber for Bradford Council and was put forward by the team who manage his apprenticeship. Matthew said the event gave him an opportunity to learn about the history of one of Bradford's most iconic buildings. "It was a good event... I learnt a lot of stuff I didn't know, about the history of City Hall and the work that has gone into that". Matthew started his journey into the plumbing industry with a traineeship organised by City Training Services (the apprenticeship arm of Bradford College) and aims to be a fully qualified plumber in the next couple of years.
Collecting the Trainer's Choice award was Georgianna Baldwin, who was nominated based on her incredible work-ethic after completing her portfolio in a short space of time following maternity leave. On winning the award, Georgianna said "I didn't think I'd win after having three months out, but it was really good because I really enjoy my apprenticeship". Georgianna also aims to finish off her apprenticeship and work for Bradford Council going forward as she enjoys the variety of work her role requires from "Installing a toilet to changing a tap-washer... I like that it's always different and you never know what you're going to get".
Kelly McAllister, Head of Business Development at City Training Services, praised both award-winning apprentices:
Matthew and Georgianna are a shining example of the fantastic contribution apprentices bring to organisations, they have shown real determination and commitment to their apprenticeship programme. They have both worked incredibly hard and are well deserving winners, and I'm sure they will go on to have very bright futures within their chosen careers.
With an apprenticeship, you get paid in a real job, gaining real work experience, real qualifications and a real future. If you're interested, visit https://www.citytraining.org.uk/.
Keep an eye on the College website and social media for video interviews with our Award-winning Apprentices.