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Calderdale College Apprentice Wins Top Accolade at The National Apprenticeship Awards

12th September 2013 <b>Calderdale</b> College Apprentice Wins Top Accolade at The National Apprenticeship Awards

A Calderdale Training apprentice from Sowerby bridge is celebrating after winning a top accolade at the regional final of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards 2013.

Joshua Bates, 22, a Business and Administration apprentice at the College is the proud local winner of the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year award. He received his accolade at the regional awards ceremony which was organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and held at Leeds College of Music.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 10th year, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers. 

Joshua Bates, said: “I was over the moon to win this award, it really means a lot. I have spent my Apprenticeship working hard as well as running a family home and raising my son so it’s not been easy!

"I have taken on a lot of roles and responsibilities above my level of qualification and I am representing Calderdale College by helping promote the advantages of an apprenticeship. I enjoy being an apprentice and would urge any other young person to consider one.”

Michael Ainsworth, Marketing Manager at the College said: “I am extremely proud of Josh, he has gone above and beyond his Apprenticeship and is a valued member of the marketing team and College. He has worked extremely hard over the last year and is always eager to learn new things as well as share what he has learnt with the rest of the department. Joshua is proof that the Apprenticeship programme really does work.”

Sue Price, Divisional Area Director for the National Apprenticeship Service in the North, said: “The regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards was a fantastic evening of celebration, and a brilliant opportunity to recognise the high calibre of apprentices and employers in our region. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Joshua and wish him continued success in the future.

“Apprenticeships allow employers to grow their own talent, whilst enabling apprentices to earn while they learn and build a real career and a bright future. All our finalists are testament to this.”

This year the National Apprenticeship Awards received in excess of 1,600 high quality entrants, with the regions winners now proceeding through to a final judging stage. The national award winners will be announced during the opening ceremony of the UK’s largest national skills and careers event, The Skills Show*, at the NEC in Birmingham on 14 November.

Regional apprenticeship employer winners judged to be the very best of the best will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

For more information about our apprenticeships scheme please call Calderdale Training - 01422 399 325 or alternatively please email

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