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Hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, the National Apprentice Awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent through apprenticeships, and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
Aimee Wilkinson, a fourth year Project Management Degree Apprentice in the Air Sector was named as this year’s Rising Star in the South East region awards.  The Rising Star Award is given to apprentices who have made impressive progress in their career to date and who show potential to take their career path to the very top of their chosen profession. 
In the North West region Leigh Carter, Level 2 Caulking Apprentice, Submarines was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year and Craft Apprentice Lucas Benson, Air, the region’s Advanced Apprentice of the year.  Michael Oliver, Designer, Submarines was Highly Commended in the Advanced Apprentice category.   A judging panel will now choose the overall national apprenticeship award winners in each category at the National Apprentice Awards which take place in November.
Richard Hamer, Director of Education and Skills, UK said: 
“It’s fantastic that our commitment to growing our own talent has been recognised in the South West region. We’re proud of the investment we make in apprenticeships and it will be great to showcase this at the national awards.  Our statistics clearly demonstrate the priority we place on apprenticeships: 1,500 apprentices in training; £60m annual investment and 100% securing permanent roles. But what’s more impressive are the stories of success like we’ve seen in the achievements made by Aimee, Leigh, Lucas and Michael.   We wish them all luck in the next stage of the awards and in their future careers.” 
Ted Creighton, Head of Early Careers in the UK said: 
“The awards are great personal achievements for winners and being named Macro Employer of the Year in the region demonstrates the hard work and commitment of everyone in the company involved in recruiting, training, supporting and working in teams with our apprentices.  Hopefully our success will be recognised nationally at the final stage in November.”
In separate schemes, Higher Apprentice Project Manager Ahmed Munshi Air sector, has been shortlisted in the engineering category of the National Asian Apprentice Awards and Charlie Murphy, Apprentice and Skills Manager, Naval Ships, in Glasgow is shortlisted as Apprentice Instructor of the year at the Skills Development Scotland Scottish Apprentice Awards. These Awards events also take place in November.
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