Top apprentices shortlisted for prestigious local awards

Ten apprentices who train with WCG (Warwickshire College Group) are celebrating after being shortlisted for the first ever Coventry and Warwickshire Apprentice of the Year Awards.

The new awards, which celebrate the success of apprentices across Coventry and Warwickshire, are being backed by partner organisations Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Warwickshire County Council, and Coventry City Council and organised by local radio station Touch FM.

Two of the apprentices, Mark Treadwell and Megan Bignell, work for WCG. Mark has recently completed his apprenticeship and is now a Marketing and Student Recruitment Assistant, while Megan is an equine apprentice at Moreton Morrell College.

The other apprentices all train at WCG:

  • Ella Catley is a farriery apprentice with GJ Smith Farriers
  • Alex Chance is a customer service apprentice at Take Flight Aviation in Wellesbourne
  • James Ashley (ICT) and Imogen Gallan (business administration) are apprentices with Warwickshire County Council
  • Max Giles, James Scott and Noel Enticott are engineering apprentices with GE Energy
  • Georgia Gellender is a hairdressing apprentice with Vogue International

WCG has also been nominated in the Partnership Initiative of the Year after carpentry and joinery apprentices at Moreton Morrell College supported Leamington in Bloom by creating a new set of ‘geranium trains’ for Jephson Gardens and Leamington station. The geranium trains are planted up each year with colourful flowers grown by schoolchildren from primary schools in Leamington.

WCG has also been shortlisted in the overall Training Provider of The Year Category.

Peter Husband, Vice Principal for Apprenticeships and Innovation at WCG said, “We are absolutely delighted for our apprentices who have been shortlisted for these awards and wish them all the very best of luck.

“Our high standard of skills training is demonstrated by the fact that ten apprentices who train with us have been nominated for an award, so I’m very pleased that we are also shortlisted for the Training Provider of the Year. We work with nearly 1000 employers, large and small, on their apprenticeship programmes, ensuring they have the skilled workforce needed to meet future challenges.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile and awareness of apprentices and apprenticeships, and the positive impact they can have for businesses and young people. I hope our outstanding apprentices inspire others to consider this route as a fantastic way to start their career.”

WCG offers apprenticeships in a wide variety of industries at a range of different levels. For more information about, go to

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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