Second Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards Training Provider Award win for Abingdon & Witney College

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in the beautiful setting of The Orangery at Blenheim Palace.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of the county’s Apprentices and their employers, 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 for the second year running by Abingdon & Witney College. The College has responded positively to Oxfordshire’s priority for Apprenticeship growth over the past five years and now offers over 20 different Apprenticeships, ranging from intermediate to degree level and covering all main subject sector areas. They demonstrate strong links with employers, schools and the local community and impressive success rates across the board.

The Award was sponsored by NatWest and presented to Ed Collett, Head of Business Development and Marketing and Steve Kirk, Head of Work Based Learning by Senior Relationship Manager Clare Culkin.


Clare said: “We chose Abingdon & Witney College as the Training Provider Award winner because they pride themselves in the high quality of Apprentices they provide and look at the priority of areas in Oxfordshire which would benefit from good quality Apprentices. Over the past 5 years they have increased the number of Apprentices from 128 in 2013/2014 to now over 300 in the last year. They are graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, with 98% employer satisfaction and 100% of Apprentices would recommend them.”

Ed said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised, for the second year running, as the top training provider in Oxfordshire. It would not be possible without the hard work of our Apprentices, employers and dedicated Employer Services team at the college.”

The success of the college’s Apprentices at the Awards was a fitting testament to their Training Provider Award, with Alanta Hissey-Powell, Apprentice Healthcare Assistant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, winning the Special Recognition Award, for an Apprentice who has overcome significant challenges to learning or work.

Three Abingdon & Witney College Apprentices were Highly Commended – Liam Leach, Apprentice Engineer at Schedl Automotive System Service in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award and Lauren Livingstone and Trina White, Adult Social Care Apprentices, in the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award.

Lauren says: “I’ve been thoroughly supported in a person centred way by the college and by my tutor, guiding me through every step of the process, ensuring things are explained to me in a way that I understand. She’s understood the challenges I have faced, and offered guidance to overcome those. I’ve really enjoyed completing my level 5 so far and have already implemented things learnt. It’s great that my training has allowed me to perform better in a role that I love.”


Lauren is pictured with Dorte Chandler, Work Based Learning Delivery Manager at Abingdon & Witney College.