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Buxton & Leek College Celebrates Regional Businesses at Apprenticeship Awards 2018

Buxton & Leek College celebrated regional businesses and their commitment to training the workforce through apprenticeships, at the annual Apprenticeship Awards. The Awards took place at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton on Wednesday 7 March and included nominees selected from around 150 businesses that the College works with to deliver apprenticeships. Special thanks goes to award sponsors: Howdens and Flowflex.

Ruth George MP for High Peak who attended the awards congratulated local High Peak businesses for investing in their apprentices:

“This is a fantastic example of employers developing young people. Particularly in this area it is so important that we retain and nurture our talent and let young people know they can develop a career and build a life here in the High Peak and wherever they are working in small communities.

Salon One, Buxton was presented with the Developing Apprenticeship Talent in the Small Business Catergory by Ruth George MP for High Peak – accepted by  Adam Jackson.


She added: “I want to thank local businesses for investing in their trainees and I hope that they give back in spades – and support you – in their development.”

There were six Award categories; three presented for Developing Apprenticeship Talent; Oaklands Carpentry scooped the Micro Business Category sponsored by Howdens.  Salon One won the Small Business Category and were presented with their award by Ruth George. Esterchem received the Medium to Large Business Category accolade and Longnor Holiday Park won the Special Recognition Award for Supporting Trainees.

Guests were treated to a three-course dinner and watched a special video featuring some of the apprentices who gave touching tributes to their employers.

Jack Price, Assistant Principal, Buxton & Leek College said: “Apprenticeships have proven to be fantastic for employers, an unmissable opportunity for the apprentices themselves and of great benefit to the economy of the region.”

At the end of the evening Reach for the Stars Nursey in Biddulph, was praised by Suzanne Davy,  Chair of Staffordshire Moorlands Chamber of Commerce and given the Outstanding Apprenticeship Support Award. Chatsworth House received the Continuous Commitment to Apprentices Award. Collecting the award for Chatsworth House was David Millward a former Buxton & Leek College apprentice who has risen through the ranks working as a chef at the Estate.

For more information about Buxton and Leek College apprenticeships click here.

Micro Business Category – sponsored by Howdens – awarded to Oaklands Carpentry & Joinery – presented by Jack Price, Assistant Principal, Buxton & Leek College and accepted by David Critchlow.
David Millward (pictured with his wife and colleague) a former Buxton & Leek College Apprentice received an Award on behalf of Chatsworth Estate.


David Roberts, College Business Development Manager presents Debbie O’Neil from Longnor Holiday Park the Traineeship Excellence Award.
Jack Price, Assistant Principal of Buxton and Leek College dining with Guests.


Medium Large Business Catergory Award – sponsored by Flowflex won by Esterchem (David Critchlow Presented with an Award by Steph Traynor, Operations Manager for Apprenticeships & Employer Engagement).