TWO apprentices from Ellesmere Port were among the winners at West Cheshire College’s Star Apprenticeship Awards on Friday.

The awards, organised as part of the college’s National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, honoured the success of 13 apprentices from industry sectors such as accounting, pharmacy, retail and catering.

Gemma Walmsley, 18, from Ellesmere Port, was awarded the Star Apprentice Award in vehicle maintenance.

She said: “I have worked at the Dyno Demon garage in Neston for over five years and have been there as part of an apprenticeship for three years.

“My roles include rebuilding car engines and carrying out services on cars. It’s very satisfying to look under an engine, see what has been broken and then be able to fix the car.

“My future plans are to go to university to study mechanics, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if it wasn’t for the apprenticeship.”

Rebecca Hardman, 19, from Little Sutton, was awarded the Star Apprentice Award in media and games development.

She said: “Before starting my apprenticeship I did my A-levels but decided against going to university because I didn’t think it was the right step for me. I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to get experience while gaining an extra qualification.

“I work for Perfect Getaways, a holiday home search engine in Capenhurst. My role includes posting on the company’s website, putting together videos from still images and posting adverts on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.”

Winners were presented with their awards by North West Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network chairman Christine Gaskell, HR director at Bentley Motors in Crewe, who said: “West Cheshire College do an excellent job with apprenticeships and they provide them to the highest standards with excellent companies.”

West Cheshire College principal Sara Mogel said: “Apprenticeships don’t only benefit the individual by providing them with valuable work experience and a qualification, but benefit the businesses as well.”

For more information, call the apprenticeship hotline at West Cheshire College on 01244 656 460 or visit