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Apprenticeship Awards recognise achievements of town’s workforce

"If more Haverhill firms took on an apprentice it would grow the local economy, getting more young people into jobs and helping Haverhill become a better place to live."

Leighton Symonds
Symtech Plumbing and Heating

The ONE Haverhill Partnership Apprenticeship Awards was held on Friday 18 November 2016 at event sponsors Sanofi and saw more than a dozen people nominated.

The ONE Haverhill Apprenticeship Awards celebrates the success and the achievements of those undertaking an apprenticeship and the Haverhill companies who invest in apprentices.

The Awards

Apprentice of the Year (+ runner up)

We are looking for outstanding apprentices who have gone above and beyond to make a sizeable and positive impact on their employer's business and are a role model for apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (+ runner up)

We are looking for exemplar employers who showcase their ongoing commitment, contribution and success that Apprenticeships have brought to their organisation and apprentices.

Overcoming Adversity Award (+ runner up)

We are looking for an exceptional apprentice who has overcome significant challenges, either personal or professional to become an outstanding apprentice.

Apprentice Champion of the Year (+ runner up)

This award seeks to reward those who have gone above and beyond their own apprenticeship or have taken time out from their business role to promote apprenticeships. It is open to both apprentices and to employers.

Highly Commended Award

2016 Winners

Charlotte King, 17, of Fiscale Ltd, was crowned Apprentice of the Year 2016 while Stepping Stones Pre-School was named Apprentice Employer of the Year.

Stepping Stones was also the home of the recipient of the Overcoming Adversity award with the judging panel choosing Keeley Skipp who had overcome serious illness to progress in her apprenticeship.

Other winners included Seb Rosa, from mendmyi, who won the Apprentice Champion Award and Tanya Wernham of Sturmer Nurseries who picked up the Highly Commended Award.

The awards ceremony saw more than 60 apprentices, employers and local dignitaries attend to celebrate the success and the achievements of those undertaking an apprenticeship and the Haverhill companies who invest in the scheme.

John Mayhew, chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership, said:

“The Apprenticeship Awards is a great way to mark the achievements of individuals and employers who have contributed so much to the local economy.

“Promoting employment opportunities continues to be a big priority for ONE Haverhill Partnership under the guidance of our excellent youth skills manager Karen Chapple. The strength of nominations showed what wonderful work is taking place and how apprenticeships can benefit all parties.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s Apprenticeship Awards and especially our event sponsor, Sanofi, and West Suffolk College who donated the prizes to our winners."

Matt Hancock, West Suffolk MP, was guest of honour at the Apprenticeship Awards and said:

“I congratulate ONE Haverhill Partnership for the work they have done in recent years to both promote and place so many apprentices across the town.

“I was delighted to be invited by ONE Haverhill Partnership to attend and speak at their Apprenticeship Awards.

“Each and every nomination is clearly bringing a great deal to strengthen the Haverhill economy and I applaud both apprentices and their employers for all their fantastic work.”

For more information on apprentices, please contact

Karen Chapple on 07877 142000 or email

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Apprenticeship Awards 2016

The achievements of apprentices in Haverhill have been marked by a special awards ceremony praising the work of both individuals and employers.