On 14 November 2018, over 100 people gathered at City Hall for the annual On Site Bristol Apprentice Awards, where a number of students from City of Bristol College were recognised for their achievements.
The awards, which have been running for over 15 years, celebrated the contribution that local construction apprentices and employers make to the local industry. Achievements in trades such as plumbing, brickwork and electrical services were recognised across 18 different award categories at the celebration.
Awards were presented to recipients by Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, Councillor Lesley Alexander, Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Carl Zammit, Director of 21st Century Building Services.
City of Bristol College were delighted to hear that the winner of this year’s award for Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Emma Lashwood. Emma is managed by On Site and attends City of Bristol College once a week for the training part of her qualification. She works as a joinery apprentice with Bristol City Council Housing Delivery, and was recognised for her outstanding effort and achievement.
Emma said: “I’m really excited to have received this award and would like to thank Bristol City Council’s Housing Delivery team for giving me many varied opportunities to progress. I love my job and since starting my apprenticeship I have learnt so many new skills which I will be able to use for the rest of my life. I would urge other young people considering an apprenticeship to seriously consider it – for me it is one of the best things I’ve done.”
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, said: “These awards give us the chance to take a moment to reflect on the achievements of our talented young apprentices and I’d like to congratulate all our winners and nominees. The On Site Bristol team play an important role in creating these opportunities, inspiring apprentices and nurturing their talent. This is brilliant for our local industries as many of our past winners have gone on to start their own companies and take on apprentices of their own. As a Learning City we are always looking to create more opportunities for people to learn and I’d also like to thank the many employers offering quality apprenticeships to help make Bristol a more equal place to live and work.”
City of Bristol College has been providing apprenticeship training for more than 50 years and works in partnership with employers to support thousands of Apprentices every year. To find out more about courses and apprenticeships at City of Bristol College, come along to the Jobs and Apprenticeships Fayre at South Bristol Skills Academy, 28 February 2019 10am – 3pm.