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Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2020 finalists announced

We were delighted to announce the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2020 finalists on Thursday 5th March, during National Careers Week. They are listed below. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 1st October at Williams F1 Conference Centre. Congratulations to everyone who entered or was nominated, we had a large number of extremely high quality entries, resulting in some very tough decisions by the sponsors who judged the categories. 

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year - sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care

Finalists:

  • Teya Agnese, Apprentice Clinical Trial Support Officer – University of Oxford
  • Simon Cooper, Project Administration Apprentice - Activate Learning
  • Deanne Hope-Fowler, Meetings and Events Sales Office Manager – Jurys Inn Oxford

Advanced Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Nielsen

Finalists:

  • Melissa Chigubu, eDrive Apprentice - GKN Automotive
  • Kerrie-Jo O'Flynn, Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration, Testing, (M.A.I.T) Technician Apprentice – Oxford Space Systems
  • Sophie Pomroy, Business Administration Apprentice - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Higher/Degree Apprentice of the Year - sponsored by Blenheim

Finalists:

  • Mandy Hallifax, Specialist Nurse Sonographer / ANP Trainee - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Aden Rawlings, Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice – Nielsen
  • Amy Stirton, Nursing Associate Trainee – Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Special Recognition Award – sponsored by Popham Hairdressing

Finalists:

  • Kameca Gayle, Business Administration Apprentice, Oxfordshire County Council
  • William Meredith, Apprentice Carpenter, Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire
  • Autumn Walsh, Project Support Officer, Oxfordshire County Council

Apprenticeship Ambassador Award – sponsored by Oxford Brookes University

To be given to one of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Ambassadors in recognition of outstanding commitment and achievement.

Shining Star Award - sponsored by Integration Technology

Finalists:

  • Jack Dobson, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Katie Lay, South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Luke Mattam, Oxfordshire County Council

School Award – sponsored by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Finalists:

  • Carterton Community College
  • Icknield Community College
  • King Alfred’s Academy

Work Experience Employer of the Year Award - sponsored by OxLEP Skills

Finalists:

  • Jewson
  • Olamalu
  • The Barr Group

Micro Apprenticeship Employer Award (less than 10 employees) - sponsored by University of Oxford Print Studio

Finalists:

  • The Skincare Clinic
  • Chris Evans Witney
  • The Money Consultancy Limited

Small Apprenticeship Employer Award (less than 50 employees) - sponsored by The Burnside Partnership

Finalists:

  • Computer Assistance
  • Ignite Sport UK
  • Olamalu

Large Apprenticeship Employer Award (50+ employees) - sponsored by Clarkson Evans

Finalists:

  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Thames Valley Police

Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year Award – sponsored by headline sponsors High Spec Composites

To be chosen by the headline sponsor from the winners of the other Apprentice Award categories.

Sarah Jaycock, Executive Director at High Spec Composites, said: "High Spec have been involved in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards since the very beginning and we have loved watching the ceremony grow. Each year the calibre of applicants has exceeded all expectation and this year we’ve had the difficult task of choosing an overall winner from some incredible finalists. Each finalist is going above and beyond and are true advocates for how to embrace and make the most of an Apprenticeship. We look forward to celebrating these achievements and naming the overall winner very soon."