Successful Made in the Midlands Apprenticeship Awards

CT Skills hosted their first ‘Made in the Midlands’ apprenticeship awards ceremony in both their Nottingham and Derby centres on Friday 9th March. 

In celebration of National Apprentice Week, the awards received over 50 nominations from local employers including Farsight Recruitment, J Tomlinson and Trent Barton Buses, with managers all keen to nominate their current apprentices through a competitive process.
An expert panel of judges narrowed down the best entries to 18 finalists and 5 overall winners, with each winner being selected for an award category under the CT Skills core values; Pride, Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Service Excellence.

Respect Award Winner, Chester Ashford who is undertaking a Level 3 School Sport Apprenticeship at The Carlton Academy said;

“I believe I am the perfect fit for the award because I have given it my all so far and will continue to do so. My apprenticeship has inspired me to develop from a part-time football coach to a full-time teacher in order to shape the future generations and  their attitudes towards sport and education.”

Councillor Georgia Power commented on the awards in Nottingham; ” I was extremely delighted to present the awards on behalf of CT Skills. The award winners and finalists are very passionate about their apprenticeships and it is great to see what an impact they are making to companies across Nottingham.”
Derby City Councillor, Frank Harwood said of the Derby Awards; “It was a pleasure to visit CT Skills to talk with potential learners and present awards to a number of hard working apprentices within Derby. I would strongly recommend CT Skills to any person looking to gain the qualifications needed to get in to employment.
The awards also coincided with the ‘Made in the Midlands’ Apprenticeship Forum which offered support and guidance to keen individuals looking for an apprenticeship within the Midlands. The forum included a variety of workshops such as a seminar with local employer J Tomlinson, discussion with live apprentices and a C.V workshop where individuals gained invaluable advice from C.V experts.
Ian West, Manager with J.Tomlinson said;

“Today has been truly excellent. I would say to anyone considering an apprenticeship with CT Skills, that the qualification they will gain is the most important they will ever do.”



Accountability Award Louis Cartledge, Premier Security 247 UK Ltd
Integrity Award Selina Atwal, Rodgers Leask Ltd
Respect Award Chester Ashford, The Carlton Academy
Pride Award Danielle Baguley, J Tomlinson
Service Excellence Award Emily Johnson, Bridge & Stitch