Skills Awards 2014 - Commitment and Excellence rewarded at Awards Ceremony

Butlins in Skegness was the venue for the fifth Lincolnshire & Rutland Skills Awards, a celebration of the
successful achievement of individuals and local businesses committed to supporting work-based learning and skills development.

Winners were announced at the gala awards evening on Thursday 13th March 2014.

Geoff Middleton, Chair of the Work Based Learning Alliance and Employment and Skills Board member, opened the
evening and congratulated all of the finalists attending the event and thanked the organisations involved behind the scenes for making the competition possible.

Awards were presented to winners of eight industry Apprenticeship categories, celebrating achievement in Engineering, Information Technology, Horticulture, Business Administration, Graphic Design, Food manufacturing and

The Overall Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Annabel Dunn for her outstanding achievement in Pharmacy. With a passion for science, Annabel has progressed with her employer, Lincolnshire Co-operative, from an Advanced
Apprenticeship to successfully starting a 5 year Pharmacy Masters degree.

Other winners on the night included Nikisha Hanrahan, Jack Millan and Nicholas Sear in the Personal Achiever category.

All three have overcome significant challenges and barriers to progress in their learning with local training organisations, (CLIP, Community Learning in Partnership, First College and Boston College). Jack now works at The Priory Hotel in Louth, also scooping the prize for Small Employer of the Year.

Chris Baron, Resort Director at Butlins and Board Member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, drew the evening to a close by applauding the evening's finalists and encouraging more Lincolnshire employers to embrace Apprenticeships and work experience.

Increasing the skills of our young people and our workforce is an important part of helping our local business to grow so they can create more jobs in the future. The level of skills and experience demonstrated in the applications received show how important work-based learning is in achieving this goal.

All of the finalists should feel immensely proud of their achievement.

A full list of Finalists and Winners can be found here.

For official photographs from the evening and a list of sponsors and supporters of the competition please contact Geoff Middleton on 07831 440044 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks go to all supporters and sponsors including Lincolnshire County Council and Work Based Learning Alliance for making the competition possible.