9th March 2018

Employers and apprentices from across South Devon were celebrated at South Devon College’s Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2018, delivered in partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Heart Radio, Hyundai Torbay and Gooch and Housego.

The event, hosted at the Imperial Hotel Torquay, was a great opportunity to showcase the excellent success of apprentices and the positive impact they have on local businesses and the community. Friends, family and employers were invited to share in the celebrations, with over 200 people in attendance.

There were a total of 35 apprentices shortlisted over 18 categories, having been shortlisted from over 1,300 apprentices on programme with the College. A total of 27 local employers were also nominated for categories, having been selected from nearly 700 businesses engaged in an apprenticeship.

Kevin Foster MP for Torbay delivered a keynote speech. He discussed the incredible benefit apprenticeships have within Torbay and wider areas across a range of sectors. Kevin Foster was joined onstage by guest speaker Jess Morgan, Workplace Coordinator for Project Management at South Devon College.

The College also announced the ‘Apprentice of the Year’, which was awarded to Christian Price from Moretonhampstead. He currently works with Buckfast Abbey Grange Restaurant. Christian also won Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year; he was praised for showing outstanding levels of dedication and progression. Christian said, “It was an honour to be named ‘Apprentice of the Year’. Events such as this bring together employers, apprentices and members of the community to celebrate the success of apprenticeships and the benefits they provide for businesses.”

Stephen Criddle OBE, Principal and CEO of South Devon College, said, “The Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony was another wonderful evening to celebrate the many brilliant apprentices who are really transforming the local economy. As an apprentice employer ourselves, we know first-hand the value that apprentices bring to any business, and the pride we experience as they flourish, develop their skills and help the organisation move forward and grow. Everyone nominated to receive an award tonight should be incredibly proud of themselves and their achievements, having been shortlisted from over 1,300 other apprentices. I’m sure friends, family, employers and everyone associated from the College will join me in congratulating our younger and older winners, they are truly inspiring and I have no doubt that they will all go on to achieve great things.”

Special thanks to our panel of judges for tirelessly working their way through the 130 nominations received this year.

Thank you to:

Jim Parker – Editor of the Herald Express, Express and Echo, North Devon Journal and North Devon Gazette

Lisa Kirwin – Senior Business Account Manager at Celador Radio

Emily Tucker – Deputy Manager of Apprenticeships at South Devon College

Full photo album available on the South Devon College Facebook page.

Full List of Award Winners:

Automotive Apprentice of the Year

Stevie Gagg – Winner


Business and Management Apprentice of the Year

Lisa Hartland – Runner Up

Amy Colliver – Runner Up

Karen Cloherty – Winner


Computing Apprentice of the Year

George Dandridge – Runner Up

Callum Langford – Runner Up

Mike Riley – Winner


Construction and Building Services Apprentice of the Year

Ben McAdam – Runner Up

James Simpson – Runner Up

Roxanne Hall – Winner


Digital Media Apprentice of the Year

Chloe Pallett – Runner Up

Beth Cordy – Winner


Engineering Apprentice of the Year

James Dundan – Runner Up

Sergio Henriques – Runner Up

Scott Ackland – Winner


Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year

Brooke Dowding – Runner Up

Mandy Lakeman – Runner Up

Basia Smith – Winner


Health Apprentice of the Year

Jenna Summerfield – Runner Up

Michella Vickers – Runner Up

Michelle Beasley – Winner


Horticulture and Science Apprentice of the Year

Harry West – Runner Up

Luke Bentley – Runner Up

Rebecca May – Winner


Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year

Gemma Wells – Runner Up

Tautvydas Kuliesius – Runner Up

Christian Price – Winner


Marine Apprentice of the Year

Oliver Hare – Winner


Sport Apprentice of the Year

Austen Booth – Runner Up

Emma Thompson – Winner


Teaching, Learning and Early Years Apprentice of the Year

Georgie Lovell-Healy – Runner Up

Joshua Hobson – Winner


The Higher Apprenticeship Award

Paul Brierley – Runner Up

Tilly Keating – Runner Up

Jo Loader – Winner


South Devon College Staff Apprenticeship Ambassador

Joanne Langford – Runner Up

Lewis Cooke – Runner Up

Emma Baker – Winner


Small Apprentice Employer of the Year

(49 or fewer employees)

Hollacombe Community Resource Centre – Runner Up

Stamford House Dental Practice – Runner Up

Boyce Hatton Solicitors – Winner


Large Apprentice Employer of the Year

(50 or more employees)

Flybe – Runner Up

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – Runner Up

The Pennon Group – Winner


Apprentice of the Year Award

WINNER: Christian Price


For more information on apprenticeships at South Devon College call 08000 380123 or email [email protected] 


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