Alliance Learning Celebrates 26th Annual Awards Evening
12th July 2018
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Apprentices and employers from across the North West had cause for celebration when they attended the 26th Annual  Alliance Learning Awards Evening on Thursday 21st June 2018.

The Awards Ceremony, which recognises and rewards the hard work and commitment of learners and the businesses that support them, was held at The Horwich RMI for the second year running.

The Awards Evening was attended by local businesses, learners and their families as well as members of the Alliance Learning Board of Trustees, the Deputy Mayor of Horwich, local MP Chris Green, representatives from the Lancashare, Mancheshare, GMLPN, GTA England and the event sponsors for the sixth year running MBDA UK Ltd.

Alliance Learning Marketing Manager, Chloe Ramsden, hosted the ceremony this year and Acting Chief Executive, Kelly Perkin, presented the awards for each of the 17 categories on the night. The evening also consisted of two guest speakers, Pete Conor of Pure Companies and Alex Kitchen of Velden Engineering who both shared their own experiences of being apprentices.

The highlight of the awards evening is the much coveted overall 'Apprentice of the Year’ award. This recognises the person who has shown exceptional commitment to their training programme throughout the last year from the Apprentice of the Year winners.

This year the award was won by David Thomas of William Hare Group.

During the ceremony David was described as a learner ahead of his years in both maturity and ability and is a credit to both William Hare and Alliance Learning. He was also described as the ideal role model for any future apprentices, someone who will go the extra mile to help and develop the younger people within the business.

Other winners on the night included:


  • Electrical / Maintenance Engineering Progression Award

Callum Hornby - Krones UK

  • Fabrication & Welding Progression Award

Louis Stephens-Clarke - P & A Projects Ltd

  • Mechanical Engineering Progression Award

Kaelan Traynor - Walmsleys Ltd

  • Technical Engineering Progression Award

Lee Griffiths - Shakespeare Foundry Ltd

  • Positive Contribution Award

Rachel Smith - Premex Services

  • Special Contribution Award from CEO

2016 Fabrication & Welding Apprentice Group collected by Thomas Mulligan

  • Company of the Year for Training and Development Award

Gaskells Private Day Nursery

  • Alliance Learning Employee of the Year Award

Steve Mason

  • Business Administration Apprentice of the Year Award

Jason Burrow - Foodservice Options Ltd

  • Business Management Apprentice of the Year Award

Shabaaz Khan - Premex Services

  • Children & Young People’s Workforce Apprentice of the Year Award

Lauren Hulton - Gaskells Private Day Nursery

  • Electrical / Maintenance Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award

Craig Slater and Joseph Seddon - Rank Hovis

  • Fabrication & Welding Apprentice of the Year Award

Nathan Sherrington - W.E. Couplings Ltd

  • Mechanical Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award

Clifford Bromilow - Velden Engineering Ltd

  • Technical Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award

David Thomas - William Hare Group

  • Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships Award

Ceri Travers - William Hare Group

  • Recognition of Voluntary Services to Apprenticeships Award

Keith Ramsay - Alliance Learning

Speaking at the event, Acting Chief Executive of Alliance Learning, Kelly Perkin, had the following comments:

“2017 – 2018 has been yet another truly fantastic year for the organisation. We have successfully retained our Matrix Standard following a 3 day inspection. This demonstrates the very good Information Advice and guidance we give to our Learners, employers and customers. We became one of only 715 providers in the country to obtain a contract to deliver apprenticeships to Non-Levy employers, including SME’s that are vital to our economy. From this we have started delivering new Apprenticeship Standards in Engineering, Business and Business Management at Level 5. We were also highly commended as Learning Provider of the Year at The Greater Manchester Business awards and our winner of last year’s Apprentice of the Year, Daniel Blake, was also recognised at the National GTA Apprenticeship Awards to win Engineering Apprentice of the Year.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us – our Board of Trustees, the businesses we work with and the learners we support through their training. I’d also like to thank all this evening’s winners for their hard work. Without them this evening would not be possible.”

If you are thinking about an Apprenticeship or training course, please contact a member of the Alliance Learning team today on 01204 696744 or email Alternatively visit

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