Macclesfield College proved it’s a winning choice for young people and employers at its first ever Apprenticeship Awards.

Designed to recognise the hard work and achievement of apprentices studying with the college’s dedicated employer responsive unit Maxim Business Training , along with the vital contribution of the College’s employer partners and, the awards were held at Mottram Hall on Thursday 1st February.

More than 70 guests joined teaching staff and members of the senior leadership team from the College to celebrate 12 winners in a diverse range of categories, from accounting to warehousing.

Winners include; Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year Freya Enright from Congleton, Accounting Apprentice of the Year Rosie Felon from Macclesfield and Business Apprentice of the Year, Daniel Beard from High Peak.

Lauren White-Potter, a first-year hairdressing apprentice training with Macclesfield College and VaVaVoom hair and beauty salon in Wilmslow was named Apprentice of the Year. She impressed with her passion for learning a wide variety of skills, from hands-on hairstyling to business sales and management. Receiving the award from Tracy Cosgrave, Director of Employer and Commercial Services at Macclesfield College, she was commended for her commitment to supporting three senior stylists as well as working with her own clients.

Tracy commented: “These awards gave us the perfect opportunity to congratulate our apprentices and employer partners on their achievements and commitment. It is clear that these apprentices are all making valuable contributions to their employers’ businesses and working hard to establish promising careers in their chosen field.”

“We are a college that excels in matching young people with employers and providing workplace-oriented courses and we wish all our winners and all their peers every success as they develop their careers.”

The ceremony included two employer awards with lighting specialist LED Technologies Ltd, winning SME Employer of the Year, and Adlington-based food packaging machine supplier, Proseal, receiving the Large Employer of the Year Award.

Andy Gray from Proseal commented: “We have hired 28 engineering apprentices over the past four years and are reaping the benefits. Over the past two years we have worked with Macclesfield College and have received great support, working together to resolve any challenges along the way.

“I would advise any business considering taking on apprentices to work with Macclesfield College and see their investment in apprentices as an investment in their company’s future.”

The College will also be holding an Apprenticeship Careers Event on Thursday 8th March, 2pm – 7pm.The event offers the opportunity for young people and their parents to come and meet both the college and employers to discuss potential apprenticeship prospects in their chosen field.