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Ladder applause for rising stars
Posted on 26/07/2021


Ladder applause for rising stars

The Ladder for the Black Country has been delighted by the achievements of apprentices studying for qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College.

The college’s Apprenticeship Awards 2021, which took place in a virtual awards ceremony, featured presentations of three Rising Star awards, three level-based awards and an overall apprentice of the year.

Andrea Clarke, aged 19, a business administration apprentice at DENSO Manufacturing UK in Telford, was named apprentice of the year 2021.

Her nomination demonstrated that she shows real professionalism, is a role model for apprenticeships and has a can-do attitude, going above and beyond what is required of her in the workplace.

Andrea was also one of three winners of Rising Star awards – with apprentices nominated by their employers – recognising those who have made excellent progress in their career to date and have the potential to go on to successful future careers in their chosen industry.

Rising Star awards also went to Adam Lainchbury, an engineering technician apprentice at Kyocera Unimerco in Fradley, and Declan Bunt, a carpentry and joinery apprentice at Wolverhampton-based construction firm James Wilkes.

In the level-based awards, college assessors nominated apprentices who they considered to have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace.

Vicky Licence, a hairdressing apprentice at Umberto Giannini in Stourbridge, won the level 2 category and Lucy Heathcock, a business administration apprentice at the college topped the level 3 category.

Kath Hennes, who is a leadership and management apprentice for housing association GreenSquare Accord, won the category for programmes at level four or above.

For details of apprenticeships offered by the college go to

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