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Congratulations Abingdon & Witney College, OA Awards Training Provider Award winner

The inaugural Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at the Marlborough Enterprise Centre in Woodstock, during the 10th National Apprenticeship Week.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of the county’s Apprentices, the Awards also recognised schools, who play a crucial role in inspiring people to consider and start an Apprenticeship, as well as training providers, who support and guide them through the progamme.

The Training Provider Award was won by Abingdon & Witney College, who have grown their Apprenticeship provision considerably in recent years and offer more than 20 different Apprenticeship frameworks, with training being delivered at multiple venues across the county. They demonstrate strong employer and school links and impressive success rate across the board.

The Award was sponsored by The Apprenticeship & Training Company, Oxfordshire’s first Skills Funding Agency approved Apprenticeship Training Agency and presented to Principal Di Batchelor by members of The Apprenticeship & Training Company board Melanie Magee and Richard Lambden.

Melanie said: “One of the biggest challenges for any business is to successfully scale up its operations without compromising on quality and this is very true in the training world. The race for numbers can lead to a drop off in standards but Abingdon & Witney College have demonstrated that there indeed is strength in their numbers, through increased Apprenticeship starts, exceptionally high success rates and satisfaction level among employers and learners of over 90%, not to mention commendation on a national level.”

Di said: “We are immensely proud to have received the trophy for Training Provider of the Year at the inaugural 2017 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards. However, we’re even more proud of our Apprentices, who have applied themselves brilliantly in their roles and deserve every bit of their success. Well done!”

The success of the college’s Apprentices at the Awards was a fitting testament to their Training Provider Award. Horticulture Apprentice Sasha Fraser or Oxford City Council won the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award and Gemma Tuckey, former Business Admin Apprentice at Oxfordshire County Council won the Special Recognition Award, for an Apprentice who has overcome significant challenges to learning or work.

Three Abingdon & Witney College Apprentices were Highly Commended - Alex Free and Ian Rigsby, Customer Service Apprentices at Yellow Submarine in the Special Recognition Award and Lorraine Ball, Adult Social Care Apprentice in the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award.

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Di Batchelor and Ed Collett of Abingdon & Witney College with their award.

Congratulations also go to Highly Commended training providers: ACE Training – who were praised for spearheading the local drive to bring more school leavers into the construction industry, not least through projects to engage schools and attract more females into the sector; and Jewel Training – an independent provider with a real focus on quality over quality, who have strong links with the local business community and are incredibly well-regarded by the employers they work with.

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Julie and Jenny of Jewel Training and Lyndsey of ACE Training with their awards.

See our Awards page for details of all the winning and highly commended Apprentices and training providers.