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10 apprentices and nine employers recognised at 2022 Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Awards



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From construction work to digital marketing, a host of sectors were represented as apprentices and employers were recognised in the Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Awards.

Ten individuals and nine employers emerged with wins at the annual awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in their sector or professional discipline.

Amy Boucher, administrator, Open Arch, Cambridge, CRC Business Administration Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030815)
Amy Boucher, administrator, Open Arch, Cambridge, CRC Business Administration Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030815)

College principal Mark Robertson said: “CRC are one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships in the Eastern region, so there’s a lot of competition amongst the apprentices themselves and a lot of competition amongst the really amazing employers, who dedicate so much time and energy and skill to giving new skills to their apprentices.

“It takes a lot of commitment from the employers, as it does from the apprentices. We’re very happy tonight to recognise just how wonderful how many so many of both of these groups have been.”

Joseph Smith, Munro Building Services, CRC Overall Apprentice of the Year and CRC Construction and Trades Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030847)
Joseph Smith, Munro Building Services, CRC Overall Apprentice of the Year and CRC Construction and Trades Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030847)

Joseph Smith, of Cottenham, won Overall Apprentice of the Year, along with the Construction and Trades Apprentice of the Year title, following his work at Munro Building Services.

He said: “Winning this award means a lot for me, mainly because it means all the hard work I’ve put in over the last four years of being an apprentice has paid off.

“My advice to anyone wanting to do an apprenticeship is go for it and do it, because it’s the best thing that you could do. You’ll never look back.

“The apprenticeship has helped me further myself as a person, definitely helped me further myself within the company, Munro Building Services, helped me gain more knowledge, people skills and experience of the tools on the site.”

Samantha Chapman, Cavendish House Dental Care, Arbury, Cambridge, CRC Care, Health and Early Years Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030845)
Samantha Chapman, Cavendish House Dental Care, Arbury, Cambridge, CRC Care, Health and Early Years Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030845)

Samantha Chapman, of Cavendish House Dental Care in Arbury, was named Care, Health & Early Years Apprentice of the Year

She said: “The apprenticeship programme has helped me develop my confidence. At the very start, I was really not confident and I had a total meltdown. I really didn’t think I could it.

Samantha Chapman, Cavendish House Dental Care, Arbury, Cambridge, CRC Care, Health and Early Years Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030843)
Samantha Chapman, Cavendish House Dental Care, Arbury, Cambridge, CRC Care, Health and Early Years Apprentice of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030843)

“When I was told I would be receiving the award, I was absolutely shocked. I was quite shocked to be nominated! I think it’s the best way to learn - through doing the actual job.”

TaxAssist Accountants, in Letchworth and Hitchin, were awarded the Overall Apprentice Employer of the Year.

The college’s deputy principal, Michelle Dowse, said: “We’re pleased to work with over 1,000 employers in our region - employers who undertake industry placements, who work with students giving talks and tours and working in partnership with employers to deliver workforce skills and development, including apprenticeships. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of those employers in the region.”

She added: “The achievements of both apprentices and employers have been magnificent. Many of the apprentices started their studies in the pandemic and have since demonstrated their resilience and ability to manage to change as the world returned to business as usual. I am proud to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all winners.”

Maurizio Dining, Cambridge, CRC Culinary Arts & Hospitality Apprentice Employer of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030805)
Maurizio Dining, Cambridge, CRC Culinary Arts & Hospitality Apprentice Employer of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030805)

Maurizio Dining & Co, in Mil Road, Cambridge, won Culinary Arts & Hospitality Apprentice Employer of the Year.

Maurizio said the restaurant’s apprentices are taught “authentic recipes which reflect the tradition and passion of Italian food, completely from scratch” and become “part of a great team”.

Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke’s), Cambridge, CRC Business and Management Apprentice Employer of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030927)
Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke’s), Cambridge, CRC Business and Management Apprentice Employer of the Year 2022. Picture: CRC (58030927)

Cambridge University Hospitals was named Business and Management Apprentice Employer of the Year.

Accepting the award, a CUH representative said of the apprenticeship programme: “It allows them to earn and learn. It enables them to progress further, by offering higher level apprenticeships and in turn we can retain our workforce. Apprenticeships allow the trust to develop skills that are relevant to us and to each department. They always bring fresh ideas, fresh eyes.”

Jessica Snowdon, Tela, Saffron Walden, CRC Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year 2022
Jessica Snowdon, Tela, Saffron Walden, CRC Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year 2022

The winners were announced in a celebratory video that can be viewed at www.camre.ac.uk/CAA2022.

Find out more about CRC apprenticeships at https://www.camre.ac.uk/apprenticeships/.

The winners of the CRC Apprenticeship Awards

Apprentice winners

  • Joseph Smith, Munro Building Services, CRC Overall Apprentice of the Year and CRC Construction and Trades Apprentice of the Year
  • Samantha Chapman, Cavendish House Dental Care, Arbury, Cambridge, CRC Care, Health and Early Years Apprentice of the Year
  • Jessica Snowdon, Tela, Saffron Walden, CRC Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year
  • Imogen Doe, beauty therapist, Le Mirage, Beauty Therapy, Saffron Walden, CRC Hair, Beauty and Barbering Apprentice of the Year
  • William Matthews, accounts assistant, Tacconi Green & Co, St Ives, CRC Accounting Apprentice of the Year
  • Benjamin Campbell, engineer, Dessa Ltd, Eaton Socon, St Neots, CRC Engineering Apprentice of the Year
  • Patrick Lyons, commis chef, The Pear & Olive Scratch Kitchen, Hildersham, CRC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Apprentice of the Year
  • Lino Cobelli, light vehicle technician, Regency Autos, Cherry Hinton, CRC Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year
  • Amy Boucher, administrator, Open Arch, Cambridge, CRC Business Administration Apprentice of the Year
  • Connor Addison, infrastructure technician, JDR Cables, Ely, CRC IT & Computing Apprentice of the Year

Employer winners

  • TaxAssist Accountants, Letchworth and Hitchin, CRC Overall Apprentice Employer of the Year and Accounting Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • PA Collacott & Co, Cottenham, CRC Construction Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Tela, Saffron Walden, CRC Digital Marketing Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Cambridge University, School of Arts & Humanities Information Services, SAHIS, CRC IT & Computing Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Red Lodge Dental Surgery, Bury St Edmunds, CRC Care, Health & Early Years Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Kapilli Hair Design, St Ives, CRC Hair, Beauty & Barbering Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Daily Dose Ltd, St Neots, CRC Engineering Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Maurizio Dining, Cambridge, CRC Culinary Arts & Hospitality Apprentice Employer of the Year


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