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Canterbury Apprentices Sweep the Gongs at Local Awards Ceremony

With the Oscars, the Grammys, National Television Awards and more, all occurring within the last month, it’s safe to say we’re certainly in the midst of Awards Season. In this week’s news story, we follow as the team at The Yarrow hotel roll out the red carpet for the second annual East Kent Apprenticeship Awards.

Across East Kent, and the whole of the UK, more and more employers are reaping the benefits that Apprentices can bring to a business and, in turn, are giving young people greater opportunities to build the skills and experience they need to grow and develop.

In partnership with Pillory Barn and a range of industry supporters that include Pfizer, ITL, Discovery Park, BAM Construction, Engie and the KM Media Group, The East Kent Apprenticeship Awards helps showcase the great work being achieved in Apprenticeships, including in six industry-specific categories, including Business Administration, Construction, and STEM, alongside general awards for public and private sector providers of the year.

This year eight Apprentices from Canterbury College were nominated for awards in their areas, with two of those resulting in winners’ trophies! Harley Dunning won the award for Apprentice of the Year in the Creative and Digital sector, and Maddie Barter took home the gong for Apprentice of the Year in the Construction and Engineering category.

Harley Dunning, Apprentice of the year – Creative and Digital

“Harley was recognised for her work at Dover District Council. Starting her apprenticeship at 17, she has since played a key role in their largest digital transformation project, including a smooth roll out to over 250 employees and assisting colleagues in what has been explained as a major period of change.

Feedback from over 30 training sessions hosted by Harley, including to the executive team and Chief Executive, have been extremely positive.”

Maddie Barter, Apprentice of the year – Construction and Engineering

“Demonstrating determination and a will to succeed she was offered a highly sought after role at Kent and Canterbury Hospital 2gether Support Solutions. She has been nominated because of her impressive academic and practical skills, achieving 95 per cent in a recent exam. Coupled with the positive effect she has on the team she works with, Maddie is a real find.”

For the full list of winners, visit the EKAA website here. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners for their hard work and dedication to their Apprenticeships!


All images courtsey of EKAA.