A cookery student has been named as Aylesbury College’s Apprentice of the Year after being nominated by his boss at the Lion pub in Waddesdon.
Joseph Murray, 17, from Stoke Mandeville, is studying a level two apprenticeship in Professional Cookery and combines his coursework with stints working at the Lion.
Matthew Webster, owner at The Lion said: “I was delighted to put Joe forward for this award.
“Initially quite a shy and quiet person, Joe’s confidence has bloomed during his time with us.
“He is now cooking and producing his own dishes, and is a very valuable part of our small team.”
The awards ceremony recognised the college’s 826 apprentices and their employers.
There were guest speeches from Eloise Chatwin, a former apprentice and Simon Flory of Flory Works, a local carpentry firm.
Apprentices were nominated for awards for their overall performance, both in the workplace and college, or for achieving results in the face of adversity.
Judges included the college’s executive director of engagement and business development, Tim Keighley, and work based learning managers Candice Mason and Steve Moy.
Aylesbury MP David Lidington, who presented the awards said: “I am delighted to have been involved in Aylesbury College’s apprenticeship awards evening.
“There are a number of employers in this area who do fantastic work offering apprenticeships to college age students and their partnership with Aylesbury College provides great opportunities for both apprentices and employers.
“When I visit schools, more students are talking about an apprenticeship not as a fall-back position but as a deliberate and positive choice.
“Aylesbury College has been driving up standards of vocational education and I hope their programme continues to go from strength to strength.”
The awards evening was part of a series of activities held at the college recognising National Apprenticeship Week, with oher events including a business breakfast and apprenticeship fair.
Anyone interested in joining the college’s apprenticeship programme is asked to call 01296 780284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.