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Petroc Celebrates Apprenticeships

Petroc hosted its annual Apprenticeship Awards on 8 February 2024. The event celebrated the outstanding achievements and contributions of apprentices, employers, and staff members within Petroc and the community.

The Awards Lunch, held at The Taw Restaurant at the North Devon Campus, brought together industry leaders, educators, apprentices, and employers to honour the exceptional talent and dedication demonstrated throughout the year. Attendees were treated to a buffet and music from performing arts students, while enjoying networking opportunities and inspiring speeches. Among the highlights of the event were the recognition of exceptional apprentices across various disciplines, including engineering and healthcare. Awards were presented to apprentices who demonstrated outstanding performance, dedication, and innovation in their respective fields.

Petrocs also took the opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable support and commitment of employers who have provided apprenticeship opportunities and played a crucial role in nurturing talent within their industries. These awards celebrated employers who have shown a dedication to the professional development and success of their apprentices.

Furthermore, the event served as a platform to commend the hard work and dedication of Petroc staff members who have played a pivotal role in delivering high-quality apprenticeship training and support services.

Commenting on the success of the event, Julie Yates, Head of Employer Engagement said: “What a marvellous afternoon we’ve had bringing all of our highly commended employers, apprentices and staff together to celebrate such success, well done to all of this year’s winners”. 

Chris Rendle, second-year apprentice with Parker Hannifin, and Apprentice Of The Year Winner, added: “Winning this award today is a great honour, I’ve been recognised for my hard work, my dedication to quality and my technical ability. I’ve picked up a lot of those skills from my role models both in the workplace and at college which has been really enjoyable to learn from”. 

Pete Leaver, Director at David Wilson Partnership, accepting the award for contributions to T Levels, said: “It’s been really good working with Petroc over the past couple of years, we have taken on a couple of T Level students, one of whom recently completed their placement hours and is now working for us. T Levels seem like a very good introduction into the world of work for 16- and 17-year-olds and we’re happy to support the work that Petroc are doing”.

Petroc’s annual apprenticeship awards exemplify our commitment to recognizing and celebrating excellence in apprenticeships and T Levels while fostering collaboration and innovation within local industry.

For more information about Petroc’s apprenticeship programs, please visit www.petroc.ac.uk/apprenticeships


20 February 2024


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