Top apprentices were celebrated for their commitment, resilience and excellence at the Dorset Apprenticeship Awards.
They claimed honours in the second annual competition held by Dorset Chamber and the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network with sponsorship from manufacturing firm Superior Seals.
The winners were:
• Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Nicky Sayers from Avon Magnetics Ltd in Christchurch (training provider, Bournemouth & Poole College)
• Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Katie Smith from BBD Boom in Bournemouth (training prover, Intequal)
• Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year: Florence Hudson from Poole office of JPP (training provider University of Portsmouth)
Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive, said: “Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists.
“Judging was very difficult and we read some inspirational stories from people of all ages from many different sectors across the whole of Dorset.
“The success of the winners is testament to just how important and valuable apprenticeships are to businesses, the local economy and professional development.
“The annual awards go from strength to strength with a greater number of entries this year and an incredibly positive response from the business community.
“Many thanks go to all those who entered and worked to make the awards such a success.”
Dorset Chamber launched the awards last year to promote apprenticeships, recognise the contribution apprentices make to business, and celebrate their achievements and successes in the workplace.
Winners were announced from a 12-strong shortlist of finalists at Superior Seals in Ferndown.
Tim Brown, managing director of Superior Seals, welcomed guests to the ceremony at the company’s impressive Superior Seals Academy training centre.
Dignitaries also included HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell who presented the trophies alongside judges Mr Brown, Mr Girling and Rod Davis from Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network (DSTPN).
Guests also included finalists, families of finalists, employers, training providers and Dorset Chamber president Caron Khan.
The awards are free to enter with entries invited from apprentices and their employers. Plans are already in place for next year’s competition.
They are separate to the Dorset Business Awards which are being held by the chamber in October of this year at its Business Festival.