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Oxfordshire Business Awards Apprenticeship of the Year finalists

We're delighted to announce the finalists in the Oxfordshire Business Awards 'Apprenticeship of the Year', sponsored by Oxfordshire Apprenticeships for the third year. 

The finalists are Norbar Torque Tools Ltd from Banbury, StuartBarrCDR Ltd from Thame and Benson-based Grundon Waste Management.

They were chosen by a panel of judges that included Apprenticeship Ambassador and Engineering Apprentice at Jacobs Douwe Egberts Zoe Adams. Zoe was on the winning Apprenticeship of the Year team at the Cherwell Business Awards last year and has made a really valuable contribution to the judging process for both the CBAs and OBAs this year. Judges were looking for evidence of:

  • Using recruitment processes to encourage applications from a diverse and inclusive range of candidates
  • Providing an opportunity that has offered an Apprentice exceptional personal development and mentoring support
  • Where an Apprentice has been empowered to make significant contribution to business success/growth
  • Provision of additional learning opportunities above and beyond training provided by the apprentice training provider
  • Evidence of a positive onward journey, either through retention by the employer, or progression post-Apprenticeship

The award was won in 2015 by Kidlington electrical firm Darke & Taylor, who also won the Overall Business of the Year Award.

On being finalists...

Lorraine Milburn, Grundon’s HR Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be selected as a top three finalist for the Apprenticeship Award. We work extremely hard to encourage, support and promote our apprentices who play a very important part in our company’s success. To have those efforts recognised by the judges is praise indeed and we are very much looking forward to the Awards evening.”

Wanda Stewart-Lee, HR Manager at Norbar: “We are absolutely delighted to be a finalist for Apprenticeship of the Year Award, and would like to thank everyone who contributed to our application.”

Annie Pearson, Marketing Associate at Stuart Barr CDR Ltd: “It is really exciting to have been accepted as finalists for the Oxfordshire Business Awards 'Apprenticeship of the Year’ category. We are proud of all of our apprentices and the support and training we are able to provide for them.”

On our finalists...

Sarah Cullimore from Oxfordshire Apprenticeships said: “The standard of entries this year was incredibly high and all three companies can be proud of being selected as finalists, in this, our third year of sponsoring the award. We met many Oxfordshire businesses – both new and established - offering high quality Apprenticeship schemes, which made the judging process very difficult but very rewarding at the same time."

The winner will be announced at the Oxfordshire Business Awards gala dinner on Friday 17 June 2016 at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel, Sandford on Thames. We're really excited that two of our Apprenticeship Ambassadors will be presenting our award.