The finalists for our 2021 Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards can be revealed.
Apprentices from across Greater Birmingham working in sectors such as construction, professional services and healthcare will be recognised alongside employers and training providers.
A total of 12 separate awards will be handed out at our ceremony next month including our overall Apprentice of the Year – read the full shortlist below.
The full list of finalists and sponsors for 2021 is:
Apprentice of the Year – Health, Education & Care, sponsored by Birmingham Metropolitan College
Lee-Anne Courtney, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Paul Roberts, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Balbinder Thumber, Happy Kids Daycare
Apprentice of the Year – Construction and Property Industries, sponsored by Swift
Muhammad Farhan, SPV Group
Francesca Leonard, Arup
Kyle Moseley Wiodarz, SPV Group
Apprentice of the Year – Engineering and Manufacturing, sponsored by South & City College
Rachel Bradley, IMI Truflo Marine
Mia Flavell, Birmingham City Council
Ahmad Ford, HydraForce Hydraulics
Apprentice of the Year – Professional Services, sponsored by Birmingham City Council
Charlotte Berisford, Birmingham City Council
Ben Phillips, University Hospital Birmingham
Sarah Privett, BNP Paribas Personal Finance
Apprentice of the Year – Tech, Digital and Creative Industries, sponsored by Sandwell College Gateway 2 Employment
Mya Hackett, Orbits IT
Benjamin McCleod, Meta Eagle
Jamie Painter, AE Aerospace
Apprentice of the Year – Retail, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
Amanda Owen, World’s End Junior School
Charlotte Robinson, NMC Venue
Dorota Zajac, Motel Rocks
Greater Birmingham Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Skillsfirst (chosen from the six category winners above)
Small Employer of the Year (1-50 staff), sponsored by BT
Above N Beyond
Medium Employer of the Year (51-249 staff), sponsored by Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
JS Wright & Co
Large Employer of the Year (250+ staff), sponsored by BCTG
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Training Provider of the Year, sponsored by Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network
Aspire Training Solutions
The Development Manager
Education Engagement Award, sponsored by The Ladder Foundation
Aspire Active Education Group
The awards are run by our sister website BirminghamLive in partnership with the Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign which is creating hundreds of new apprenticeship roles across the city region.
Kevin Davis, chairman of the Ladder campaign and chief executive of the Vine Trust, said: “I’m very much looking forward to holding our Birmingham awards in person.
“The judging was very tough, given the range of talent, but I’m confident we have made the right final decisions and I trust you will agree when we see you in person.
“Events like these are important for raising awareness and the confidence in the region’s resilient response to our recovery efforts.”
The Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign launched in summer 2018 with the aim of creating new apprenticeships in Birmingham and Solihull by bringing candidates and training providers together with employers.
We have been supporting the project from day one as media partner and organiser of our annual apprenticeship awards in partnership with the Ladder.
Other stakeholders include Vine Trust, Performance Through People, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network and West Midlands Combined Authority.
Our 2021 judging panel was chaired by BirminghamLive editor Graeme Brown who was joined by:
– Suzie Branch-Haddow, vice-principal of external development Birmingham Metropolitan College
– Kevin Davis, chief executive, Vine Trust
– Noel Dunne, director, Creative Alliance
– Laura Hancox, account manager, Sandwell College
– Fraser Ingham, sales and marketing director, Skillsfirst
– Greg Morall, managing director, Swift
– Amarjit Sahota, culture change manager, Birmingham City Council
– Mike Smith, business development and IAG officer, BCTG
– Sarah Walker, director for corporate and public sector in the North and Midlands, BT
– Louise Ward, apprenticeship manager, West Midlands Combined Authority
– Rebecca Waterfield, deputy director, South & City College Birmingham
– Spencer Wilson, head of skills, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
Training providers play a vital role in the development of apprentices so the awards and Ladder campaign would like to recognise the following for their work with this year’s finalists: Aston University, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Juniper Training, Lifetime Training, Make UK, Performance Through People, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Walsall College and The Development Manager.