College excellence recognised at apprentice awards

7th November 2017

Stratford-upon-Avon College will be well represented at this year’s Coventry & Warwickshire Apprentice of the Year Awards, with no less than four of its apprentices shortlisted and the College itself nominated for Training Provider of the Year. These include a chocolatier, commis chef, care home manager and a trainee chef.

Commenting on the College’s own nomination as Training Provider of the Year, Principal and CEO Andrew Cropley had this to say: “Stratford-upon-Avon College brings a personal relationship to its apprenticeship provision. Despite going through a merger, we have increasingly individualised our apprenticeships, resulting in fantastic overall results and a substantial increase in the number of nominations for this year’s awards.”

Catering Apprenticeships Stratford-upon-Avon College
Stratford-upon-Avon College apprentice Ellena Maher

The four talented contenders are Joseph Vaughan from Solihull, Judy Johnson from Shipston, Ellena Maher from Warwick and Conor Barron from Kenilworth.

Business Administration apprentice Joseph is manager of 1683 Chocolate Place, Solihull, Just turned 18, he has the distinction of being the UK’s youngest chocolatier and is clearly a young man of many talents.

Judy, a Health and Social Care apprentice, is a cluster manager at Home Farm Trust, Moreton in Marsh, a charity providing services for people with learning difficulties.

Ellena, an apprentice Commis Chef at the Rose & Crown Restaurant, Warwick, was nominated for her passion and drive to perform to her very best.

Conor is a Hospitality and Catering apprentice at The Cowshed Eaterie and Tea Rooms, Henley-in-Arden. He impressed his employers from the very start with his confidence, knowledge and work ethic.

The award ceremony takes place at Coventry Cathedral on Thursday 9 November.

Find out more about the College's apprenticeships: Apprenticeships