Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards 2019

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The winners of the eighth annual Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards were announced at an award ceremony at Bristol’s We the Curious on 24th October.

The awards celebrate exceptional learners across every Lifetime sector, as well as inspirational employers, managers, and Regional Trainers.

Find the award results below.

The award ceremony

This year’s ceremony was held in We the Curious science centre based in Bristol’s historic harbourside. The science centre acted as an inspiring backdrop to a ceremony which champions the achievements of Lifetime’s learners.

Guests were invited to explore the exhibits within the centre before sitting down for drinks and a three-course lunch.

Speaking at the ceremony was celebrity chef Joe Hurd, who gave an inspiration speech about overcoming trials and tribulations while forging his own career. The message was reflected by every one of the award finalists, whose hard work and perseverance has led directly to their achievements.

Congratulating the winners, Lifetime Chief Executive Officer Alex Khan said:

“On behalf of everyone at Lifetime Training I’d like to say congratulations to all finalists and winners of the eighth annual Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards.

This is our chance to celebrate outstanding learners and their exceptional achievements and wish them every success in their careers.

The awards also recognise the employers, supervisors, mentors and trainers who champion apprenticeships and make it all possible.”

Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards winners

Apprentice Champion of the Year

Rob Keithley

Business Development Manager at Greene King

Rob takes an active role with all new learners on programme, providing support at every step of the learning journey. He regularly hosts award dinners for successful apprentices and is instrumental in guiding them to their next opportunity for progression. Rob was recognised for being a true apprentice champion, helping an incredible 104 learners achieve their apprenticeships to date.

Higher Level Apprentice of the Year

Andrew Moore

Operational/Departmental Manager Level 5, ODEON

Andrew achieved a distinction and has been described as a role model across the ODEON brand. His work-based project was recognised in the ODEON National Conference and has been rolled out district-wide. As testament to his hard work, Andrew was recently appointed General Manager at ODEON Norwich.

Commercial Learner of the Year

Gemma Cardy

Personal Training Level 3

Gemma worked hard to overcome several obstacles during her training, keeping her future career in mind to persevere and complete the course. Gemma was described as dedicated and inspiring in achieving her goal of becoming a personal trainer.

Healthcare Apprentice of the Year

Melanie Woodman

Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level 3, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Melanie completed her apprenticeship ahead of schedule despite working full-time as a Healthcare Assistant in the community. Melanie was praised for the level of commitment and dedication she shows to her patients and colleagues.

Early Years Apprentice of the Year

Nick Holder

Early Years Educator Level 3, Snapdragons Nursery

Nick was praised for his complete focus in achieving his apprenticeship, impressing his trainer with his levels of independent study and self-drive. Nick’s growth in confidence over the programme added to this sense of achievement.

Active Leisure Apprentice of the Year

Anna Psztyk

Customer Management Level 3, Parkwood Leisure

Despite working 40 hours a week and English being her second language, Anna thrived on the course and achieved well before completion date. Anna was praised for her focus, bright personality, and hard work on the programme.

Business Services Apprentice of the Year

Emma Stainthorpe

Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3, RSPCA

Emma fully embraced her apprenticeship and used the skills she developed to make significant changes within her role. Emma was recognised for going above and beyond the apprenticeship by making a real difference to the wider RSPCA.

Health and Social Care Apprentice of the Year

Nicola Bowden

Adult Care Worker Level 3, Dimensions

Nicola was described as hard-working, caring, supportive, dedicated, and committed to the people Dimensions support. She was praised for her positive influence on the team and for frequently going above and beyond in her role.

Retail Apprentice of the Year

Donna Stanners

Retail Manager Level 4, Iceland Foods

Donna was made Store Manager within six months of starting the programme in recognition of her personal and professional development. She was praised for having extremely high professional standards, personal drive, and for overcoming a fear of public speaking.

Hospitality Apprentice of the Year

Brandon Stabler

Senior Chef Production Cooking Level 3, Hilton

Brandon was recognised for his willingness to take on new challenges, and his ability to lead in a high-volume restaurant. Brandon’s aim is to keep learning and developing over the next five years and to achieve a head chef position.

Regional Trainer of the Year

Nicole Edmonds

Described as always giving 110%, Nicole was praised for being an inspiring trainer who forges great working relationship with learners. Nicole enjoys seeing learners grow during the programme and offers advice, motivation, and support throughout.

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