Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2024 finalists

Apr 18, 2024 | News

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The eighth annual Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards will once again shine a spotlight on our county’s apprentices – and the businesses and organisations, training providers and schools that support their journey – recognising the huge contribution they make to our county’s economy across a wide range of sectors.

Winners will be announced at a special celebration evening on 16 May at Williams Racing Conference Centre.

We are delighted to introduce this year’s fantastic finalists, who are listed below. Congratulations and good luck to all!

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Grundon


  • Liv Chapman, Apprentice Hairdresser, Popham Hairdressing Ltd
  • Joshua Jones, Highways Operative, Milestone Infrastructure
  • Lucy Parsons, Apprentice Finance and Accounting Technician, University of Oxford

Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award

Sponsored by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


  • Angel Branker, Apprentice Laboratory Technician, University of Oxford
  • Henry Fletcher, Apprentice Carpenter, Parker Turnbull Developments Limited
  • Isaac Pylee, Ground Operations Apprentice

Higher Apprentice of the Year Award

Sponsored by Blenheim & Pye Homes


  • Cecilia Badiale, Architect, Ridge and Partners LLP
  • Thomas Renault, Data and Performance Analyst, Milestone Infrastructure
  • Aaron Robinson, Rail Degree Apprentice, Amey Consulting 

Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by Milestone Infrastructure


  • Anna Christopher, Apprentice Business Administrator, University of Oxford
  • Jay Formento, Ward Administrator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jack Paviour, Administrative Officer – Digital Infrastructure Team, Oxfordshire County Council

Rising Star Award

Sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care


  • Gail Fennymore, Rehabilitation Assistant, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rhian Mayer, Adult Mental Health Time and Recovery Support Worker, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Soanes, Apprentice Laboratory Technician, LTi Metaltech Ltd / Metaltest

Shining Star Award

Sponsored by IST INTECH


  • Nairne Barker, Strategic Apprenticeship Lead, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Jade Brooker, Audit Manager / Practice Manager, Assure UK
  • Daniel Reid, Business and Programme Support Officer, Oxfordshire County Council

Apprenticeship Ambassador Award

Sponsored by Hill


  • Grace Dawson, EPA Coordinator, Explosive Learning Solutions
  • Max Evans, Apprentice Recruitment Assistant, University of Oxford
  • Jack Paviour, Administrative Officer – Digital Infrastructure Team, Oxfordshire County Council 

Careers Champion Award

Sponsored by The Engineering Trust

  • Hannah Gordon, Careers Leader, Fitzwaryn School
  • Hayley Laughlin, Post-14 Lead, Bardwell School
  • Jessica Manns, Careers Lead, Subject Lead of History & Humanities Teacher, Greyfriars Catholic School 

Inspiring the Future Award

Sponsored by Oxford Professional Education


  • Abbott Diabetes Care
  • Morgan Sindall Construction
  • Oxford Playhouse Trust

Training Provider Individual Award

Sponsored by NielsenIQ


  • Mark Dickson, Apprentice Trainer, MTC Training Ltd
  • Justin Merritt, CEO / Director, Ignite Training
  • Heidi Silvester, Assessor / Tutor, Introtrain & Forum Limited / Oxford International College of Beauty

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (<250 Employees) Award

Sponsored by Assure UK 


  • Edgars
  • Olamalu
  • PMC

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (250+ Employees) Award

Sponsored by Owen Mumford 


  • Milestone Infrastructure
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • University of Oxford

Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Oxford North

  • To be chosen by the headline sponsor Oxford North from the winners of the 5 apprentice award categories

Thank you sponsors and supporters

We would like to say a massive thank you to our headline sponsor Oxford North and all our category sponsors.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all our other generous sponsors and supporters: Abingdon & Witney College, Activate Apprenticeships, Darke & Taylor, High Spec Composites, Jonas Software, Olamalu, Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, Oxford Brookes University, Oxfordshire County Council, South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Siemens Healthineers, University of Oxford and Williams Racing.