Top apprentices praised at college award ceremony

Calvin Hatter (centre) received the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award (16-18 Age Group)
Calvin Hatter (centre) received the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award (16-18 Age Group)

Students were presented with awards at Sussex Coast College last Friday (March 13) at the annual Apprenticeships Award ceremony.

More than 80 nominations were made for the available five awards throughout Hastings and Rother, with 13 candidates shortlisted and only five winners.

I learned a huge amount through my apprenticeship and although it was challenging at times, it prepared me for the world of work

Tom Curteis

Tom Curteis, 20, was named Advanced Apprentice of the Year in the over 19 category at the awards afternoon. He completed his Level 3 apprenticeship in Business Administration with the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) last year and now works for the company as its finance assistant.

Tom said: “I’m really pleased to have picked up this award. I learned a huge amount through my apprenticeship and although it was challenging at times, it prepared me for the world of work and led me to secure my current position. It was a great experience and I’d urge any young person serious about their career to look into completing an apprenticeship.”

The awards were presented by Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd and were part of National Apprenticeship Week, which ran throughout last week. Ms Rudd said: “I was delighted when asked by Sussex Coast College to hand out these apprentice awards. I feel that the local provision of apprenticeships are one of the best, not only in the local area, but also nationally. During this Government, apprenticeships have grown exponentially, as it has been a clear commitment from day one. I would like to thank all of the staff at the college who put on such a great event and I look forward to the future of our apprenticeship programmes in Hastings and Rye.”

The winners of the Awards were Charlie Stevens (Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 16-18), Stephen Donovan (Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 19+), Calvin Hatter (Advanced Apprentice of the Year 16-18), Thomas Curteis (Advanced Apprentice of the Year 19+) and Sydney Delgado (Endeavour Award).

Last Monday (March 9) the You’re Hired campaign was launched encouraging companies throughout East Sussex to made 500 pledges to take on apprentices over five months.

Dan Shelley, vice-principal of Sussex Coast College, said: “It is always great to celebrate the success of our apprentices and their employers. Congratulations to all of the winners and their employers for such wonderful success.”

Dave Watson, also from the college, said: “National Apprenticeship 2015 has been a real success for us. The week started with the county-wide You’re Hired campaign, with Hastings securing more than 100 pledges alone.”

For more information on studying apprenticeships at the college, visit www.sussexcoast.ac.uk/apprenticeships.