Apprentices and employers recognised

Published: 11th February 2021

Published by City College Southampton

Apprentices and employers recognised during National Apprenticeship Week

As part of National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 14 February), we recognised two of our apprentices and a local Southampton business for their outstanding work and commitment to apprenticeships.

Hundreds of employees and businesses benefit from apprenticeship training with us and National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise and celebrate the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the region, particularly during these extraordinary and challenging times.

Our ‘Apprentice of the Year’ was awarded to Charlotte Tizzard, 32, from Romsey. Charlotte is a Painting and Decorating Apprentice at Paultons Park who had recently changed her career from a management role in ride operations to fulfil her dream of working in a more creative field. Her dedication to the apprenticeship and high standard of work has been second to none, and her commitment to learning has continued throughout lockdown even though being furloughed. Overwhelmed with receiving the award, Charlotte said: “I never thought I would ever receive an award for simply doing what I need to for my career development. I realise I’ve come really far and I’ve developed some amazing skills in the trade. This is in part down to my mentor at work and my college tutor and assessor who have all helped me to be the best I can be and supported me from the start. To win this award is such an amazing achievement and I’m so proud.”

Rebecca Cooper, Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice at Solent University, was ‘Highly Commended’ for her attitude and the high level of work she has produced during her apprenticeship, despite the lockdowns. On receiving the news, Rebecca said: “It was a lovely surprise to be recognised for my work. I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship and being able to learn valuable skills that I can apply within my role in the workplace. I could not have achieved so much without the support of my college assessor, Sue Davies, who guided me throughout the process.”

Our ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ was awarded to Oyster Yachts for the outstanding support of their eight marine engineering and boat building apprentices, and for going above and beyond to ensure they continued their studies during this unprecedented time. We have worked in partnership with Oyster for several years and they are strong ambassadors for apprenticeships as a way to upskill their workforce. They were also keen to share their positive experience of recruiting quality apprentices by speaking live at our recent employer event. Norman Blick, Oyster's Head of Production Southampton said: “We were delighted to receive the City College ‘Employer of the Year Award’. It’s been a positive and fruitful collaboration which has introduced great talent and the next generation of master craftsmen and women to Oyster Yachts. The expertise and traditional artisan skills are an essential ingredient of an Oyster yacht, which is why we’re committed to this relationship and plan to increase opportunities this year.”

Workforce Skills Manager at City College, Emma Byrne, added: “We recognise the commitment and how much hard work all of our apprentices and employers have put in to their apprenticeships over the past year. These awards are to highlight and celebrate the amazing efforts of those apprentices and employers that have truly stepped up to the challenge during this unprecedented time. Well done to all of our apprentices and their employers!”



Charlotte Tizzard with her Apprentice of the Year certificate