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Awards celebrate the success of apprenticeships at City College Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 07:58 11 March 2014

The winners of the City College apprenticeships awards

The winners of the City College apprenticeships awards

Archant

Apprentices and their employers were given the red carpet treatment at Carrow Road as City College Norwich held its annual apprenticeship awards.

Jo Mitchell, Megan Rix and Tracey Upson at the City College apprenticeships awards Jo Mitchell, Megan Rix and Tracey Upson at the City College apprenticeships awards

The college delivers training for about 1,200 learners in work-based learning, most of whom are on apprenticeships.

Hairdressing apprentice Megan Rix, who works for Redz Hair Stylists in Beccles, won the award for overall apprentice of the year.

Salon owner Jo Mitchell said: “What makes Megan stand out is her dedication. Megan is 100% dedicated to Redz, to the team, to her job and her training. We know we can completely rely on her support and loyalty. I am really proud of her. We have had lots of apprentices, but no one quite like Megan.”

The 18-year-old, from Lowestoft, said: “This apprenticeship has been amazing. It helps having Jo, she is an amazing employer to work for and the whole team have supported and helped me through.”

Megan Rix and Matt Colmer at the City College apprenticeship awards Megan Rix and Matt Colmer at the City College apprenticeship awards

She started working for Redz aged 14, whilst still at school, and judges said she excelled in her work and apprenticeship whilst becoming a parent.

Horsham St Faith’s-based RA Brown Heating Services, which has been taking on plumbing apprentices for 14 years, was among the winners of the awards for employers.

Other winners included plumbing apprentice Hayley Phenix, who works in her father Tony Phenix’s AMP Plumbing business in Happisburgh. Last month the 19-year old became the first female plumbing apprentice to qualify for the national final of the UK Copper Board National Apprentice Plumber of the Year competition.

Corrienne Peasgood, college principal and herself a former apprentice, said: “Supporting learning in the workplace is a core part of our work, and is key to our commitment as a Gazelle College to developing enterprise and employability skills.

Andrew Barnes and Louise Howlett at the City College apprenticeship awards Andrew Barnes and Louise Howlett at the City College apprenticeship awards

“We are seeing more and more recognition from employers and young people that apprenticeships offer a great way to train and develop the skills needed for a wide range of careers.”

How important are apprenticeships? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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