TOP-PERFORMING apprentices from Ellesmere Port won at West Cheshire College’s Star Apprentice Awards.
The winners were announced at the college’s science and technologies campus in Chester on Tuesday, March 12.
The awards were held as part of the college’s National Apprenticeship Week (March 11-15) celebrations and recognised 18 of the college’s most talented apprentices from industry sectors including pharmacy, beauty, retail, engineering and health and social care.
Victoria Fay, 18, from Ellesmere Port, won the award for Star Apprentice in Hairdressing for her work as an apprentice at the Style Council salon in Ellesmere Port.
Victoria decided on an apprenticeship after gaining work experience at the salon while she was studying Level 1 in hairdressing at high school.
She has since completed her Level 2 apprenticeship and is now continuing on to the one-year Level 3 apprenticeship.
She said: “I have always wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a little girl and I love doing my apprenticeship.
“I work for three days a week at the salon dealing with clients and I go into college for one day a week to do theory work. The training I have got from my apprenticeship means that I have all of the right skills to go straight into employment.
“My long-term career goal is to either open my own salon or become a mobile hairdresser.”
Ashley Hancock, 25, from Ellesmere Port, completed her Level 3 apprenticeship in visual merchandising at the Lacoste store in Cheshire Oaks and has now secured a job as a team leader with New Look.
Ashley, who won the Star Apprentice in Retail award, said: “I was already working at Lacoste so I thought I would apply for the apprenticeship in visual merchandising. It was similar to the work I was already doing, so it made sense to gain a qualification to support my role.
“The apprenticeship gave me more confidence and experience and it improved my skills to enable me to get my new job with New Look.”
Winners were presented with their awards by Martyn Cray, plant manager at Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port.
Helen Nellist, acting principal at West Cheshire College, said: “We have seen a significant increase in the number of apprentices in the region and we expect this number to continue to rise as more and more businesses see the benefits.”