Apprentices celebrated at Yorkshire and Humber awards

Some of Yorkshire and Humber’s finest apprentices have been recognised by the Skills Funding Agency during the region’s annual apprenticeship awards.


Celebrating success

Now in its 12th year, the awards celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers, challenging bosses to show how the apprenticeship sector has benefitted their company.

This year’s winners for Yorkshire and the Humber are:

  • McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Karolina Polniaszek, Superdrug (A.S.Watson).
  • EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: April Bell, Monica F Hewitt. Highly Commended: Kathrine Rundell, Third Energy UK Gas Ltd, Ruby Magson, Hemingway Bailey.
  • City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year: Martin Kennedy, Portakabin Ltd.
  • Highly Commended: Matthew Weeks, Bluefin Insurance Services.
  • The E.ON in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Power Award for Medium Employer of the Year Genix Healthcare Ltd. Highly commended: Yorkshire Coast Homes; Margaret & Michael Naylor & Associates.
  • BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year: Portakabin Ltd. Highly commended: Wakefield Council; Yorkshire Water.
  • BT Award for Macro Employer of the Year: Lloyds Banking Group. Highly commended: Hull City Council.
  • EDF Energy Award for Newcomer SME of the Year: Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre Limited.


‘The best of the best in Yorkshire and the Humber’

Sue Husband, director of the national apprenticeship service has celebrated the awards.

‘‘The National Apprenticeship Awards enable talented apprentices and committed employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. They not only help celebrate the achievements of apprentices and businesses, allowing them to gain the credit for investing in their own futures, but they drive up quality and encourage others to get involved,’’ said Husband.

‘‘These winners are the best of the best in Yorkshire and the Humber and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.’’