BUSINESS: Awards celebrate apprentices from Bournemouth and Poole College


On 4 February apprentices were championed by Bournemouth & Poole College at a special awards ceremony during National Apprenticeship Week.

Young people from a range of industries celebrated their achievements at the Apprenticeships Unlocked awards event at AFC Bournemouth. Joining them were employers from across the county who supported the award winners as part of the celebrations organised by the College for National Apprenticeship Week. 

Oliver Dukes of CAT Marine picked up the overall Apprenticeships Unlocked 2020 Award in recognition of his progression on his AAT level 3 accountancy apprenticeship. Oliver has recently been appointed as the chair of Dorset and Solent Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) following his work to promote apprenticeships at workshops and careers events for school students. He was also listed as a finalist at the Dorset Business Awards 2019 in the Apprentice of the Year category.

Oliver said: “It feels amazing to win the Apprenticeship Unlocked 2020 award. It’s great to be acknowledged for what I’ve done so far and hopefully, we’ll do some even better things in the future to make apprenticeships the number one aim of people’s education.”

The full list of award-winning apprentices at Apprenticeships Unlocked were:

  • Engineering Apprentice of the Year- Ella Nulty of AIM
  • Construction Apprentice of the Year- Aston Gooding of CG Fry & Son
  • Digital and Software Apprentice of the Year- Kirsten James of Viral Talent
  • Higher Level Apprentice of the Year- Morgan Harris of Curtiss Wright
  • Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year- Freya Kimber of House of Hair
  • Business & Finance Apprentice of the Year- James Staton of Ankers and Rowling
  • Care Apprentice of the Year- Luke Leech of Bears Hideaway Day Nursery
  • Catering and Hospitality Apprentice of the year- James Gulliver of Signature Catering
  • Employer of the Year- A&G Bricklaying
  • Apprenticeships Unlocked 2020 Award – Oliver Dukes of CAT Marine

Matt Butcher, commercial director of Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “We are proud of all of our apprentices at the College and are keen to herald the young people who go the extra mile to show their commitment to their future career through an apprenticeship.”

The College works with over 2,000 employers across Dorset and Hampshire to match the right apprentices with vacancies in different industries including digital marketing, engineering, construction, catering and hospitality, hair and beauty, and care services.

More information about the apprenticeships are available at the College webstie, or if you would like to speak to a member of the team, call 01202 205205.


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