NI Apprenticeship Awards 2022

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2022

The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2022 were launched on 28 September 2021.

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2022

The ApprenticeshipsNI and Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes are part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

2022 Awards winners

The winners of the 2022 Apprenticeship Awards are:

The Apprentice Award Winner - Lauren Johnston

Apprentice Award 2022 

Lauren Johnston, working towards a Level 3 in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, is employed by Diageo Packaging Belfast and is undergoing her training at South Eastern Regional College.

Higher Level Apprentice Award Winner - Lewis Connelly

Higher Level Apprentice Award 2021 

Lewis Connelly, working towards his HLA in Food and Drink Manufacturing, is employed by Linden Foods Ltd and is undergoing his training at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise.


SME Employer Award l to r: Michelle Billham, Southern Regional College and Thomas McGuinness, McGuinness Plumbing

SME Employer Award

McGuinness Plumbing in partnership with Southern Regional College (SRC). Pictured are Michelle Billham of SRC and Thomas McGuinness of McGuinness Plumbing.

Large Employer Award Winners - SWC Alastair Booth, Greiner Packaging, David Graham, Farrans Construction, Cara Hanna, Ulster University Dr Robert Eadie

Large Employer Award

The joint winners are Farrans Construction in partnership with Ulster University and Greiner Packaging Ltd in partnership with South West College. Picture clockwise left to right: Alastair Booth (South West College), David Graham (Greiner Packaging), Cara Hanna (Farrans Construction) and Doctor Robert Eadie (Ulster Universtity).


The Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony was  streamed on YouTube at 3.00 pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022 and the recording is available to watch on this page. You can download the Awards booklet at:

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The NI Apprenticeship Awards recognise:

  • apprentices who are making a significant contribution in their workplace and have shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning
  • influential partnerships between employers and training providers that support the continuous growth of Skills Development in Northern Ireland                          


If you would like to get in touch or register your interest for the Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2022, email:


                                     or telephone: 028 9025 7589/ 028 9025 7580


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