Bradford College and Bradford Teaching Hospitals have been crowned the top apprenticeship training provider in West Yorkshire, winning the prestigious Training Provider/Programme of the Year award at the 2023 West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards. This marks the second consecutive time that the Bradford College Apprenticeship team has received this accolade, solidifying their position as leaders in the region.

The partnership between Bradford College and Bradford Teaching Hospitals was recognised for its exceptional efforts in widening participation throughout the district. Their collaboration has led to increased employment opportunities through the apprenticeship levy and has empowered individuals to progress within the trust as qualified practitioners.

The awards ceremony, held at the brand new Tileyard North in Wakefield, was a grand affair celebrating the accomplishments of apprentices, businesses, and mentors who have excelled in their respective fields and inspired others to embark on apprenticeship schemes. The event showcased the finalists across 11 categories and was hosted by the esteemed former ITV Calendar presenter and journalist, Gaynor Barnes. The finalists were carefully selected by four industry experts, resulting in a highly competitive and impressive shortlist.

Expressing their delight, Kelly McAllister, Head of Apprenticeships and Business Development at Bradford College, said, “We were over the moon to get both our nominations shortlisted for the finals of this year’s West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards. To then be selected as the top apprenticeship provider in the region for the second year running is a fantastic achievement for the team and Bradford College. A huge congratulations and thank you to our partners at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Together we make a difference; we widen participation into a meaningful apprenticeship that creates long-lasting employment. To our apprentices who work tirelessly in the NHS helping those most in need… this is your award!”

The gala also recognised individual apprentices for their outstanding achievements. Elise Sherry from Low Moor Primary School, a dedicated apprentice from Bradford College, was named a finalist in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by FDM Group. Elise’s unwavering determination, ability to overcome barriers, and role-model behaviour in working with children on a daily basis set her apart. Her commitment and hard work were acknowledged, showcasing the positive impact apprenticeships can have on personal and professional growth.

Katie Hopkins, Head of Community and Marketing at Tileyard North, expressed their thrill at hosting the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards for the second time in their event space, the Carding Shed. As a creative hub, Tileyard North takes pride in providing a platform to showcase talent and facilitate community events. Hopkins said, “It’s an honour to host events like this and come together to celebrate our region’s achievements.”

Apprenticeships have emerged as a popular pathway to future employment for numerous school leavers, with close to a million active apprenticeships in England alone. Leveraging their 30 years of experience, Bradford College has become a trusted provider of apprenticeship programs, working closely with over 700 employers within Bradford and the wider Leeds City Region. The college boasts high-quality training facilities and industry-specialist staff, ensuring the delivery of exceptional apprenticeship training across various levels and in-demand sectors such as healthcare, professional services, construction, engineering, dental, motor vehicle, early years, and teaching.

For further information on becoming an apprentice, available vacancies, funding options, or employing apprentices, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Bradford College website, where comprehensive details can be found.