It was definitely a night to remember at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards this week. The Gold Suite at Cheltenham Racecourse was full to the brim with inspirational people either studying or working to support apprentices from all walks of life. City of Bristol College’s partner South West Apprenticeship Company (SWAC) was amongst the crowds and were elated when they scooped a top award!
Clare Vertigen, SWAC’s Director, was over-joyed when she found out she had won the impressive award for Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships. The award recognises the individual who has driven the Gloucestershire apprenticeship campaigns through inspiration, energy and imagination.
Clare was nominated by her colleagues, who worked tirelessly to keep her nomination a secret – even getting her to the event, without spilling the beans! On winning her award, Clare said: “I was so shocked - I had no idea and nearly didn’t make it this year! Luckily I did. I’m feeling very proud to know that the county feels that the support from me and the SWAC team has made such an impact on promoting apprenticeships and celebrating their successes.”
Shelley Mills, SWAC’s Operations Manager said: “The Award is an absolute honour for SWAC and of course Clare as we are immensely proud of her as our director and know that she works tirelessly to promote apprenticeships and to bring employers, apprentices and training providers together to achieve more.”
SWAC works in partnership with City of Bristol College to support employers through the entire apprenticeship process, from recruitment to completion. SWAC employs the apprentice and supports the employer with recruitment, performance management, HR, payroll and mentoring the apprentice to encourage progression and positive impact for their business – taking all the risk of apprentice employment.
Miriam Venner, Assistant Principal for Apprenticeships and Skills at City of Bristol College said: “We are delighted that Clare’s outstanding commitment to supporting apprenticeship growth and development has been recognised in Gloucestershire through such a prestigious award. We are proud to work in partnership with SWAC to help extend the apprenticeship offer regionally.”
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