NI Apprenticeship Awards 2024

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards

The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2024 were launched on Tuesday 26 September 2023.

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2024

The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2024 are open for applications. The closing date for nominations was 12 noon Friday 27 October 2023.

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.  European Social Fund Northern Ireland logo containing text "European Union, European Social Fund, Northern Ireland"

Awards ceremony

The Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2024 will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2024.

Finalists

 

Apprentice Award

  • Kim Hunter, Greiner Packaging, studying at South West College
  • Andrew Smyth, Thales UK Limited, studying at South Eastern Regional College
  • Emma Taggart, Bupa Dental Care Omagh, studying at South West College

Higher-Level Apprentice Award

  • Gavin Magee, Corr’s Corner Hotel, studying at Belfast Met
  • Joanne McCubbin, Manfreight Ltd, studying at South West College
  • Jill O'Neill, Magherafelt Manor Care Home, studying at Open University

Public Sector Apprentice Award

  • Barry Killen, Department for Communities, studying at Belfast Met
  • Danny McGinley, Translink Northern Ireland Railways, studying at Northern Regional College
  • Ashling Ying, Department of Finance, studying at Belfast Met

Mentor Award

  • Helen Goodrich, Almac, working with Southern Regional College
  • Mark Savage, Re-Gen Waste, working with Southern Regional College
  • Brian Welsh, Harland & Wolff, working with Northern Regional College

Small to Medium Enterprise in partnership with a Training Provider Award

  • Irwin Mechanical & Electrical Ltd in partnership with Southern Regional College
  • McCue in partnership with Northern Regional College
  • Neddy Teddy's Day Nursery Limited in partnership with Belfast Met

Large Employer in partnership with a Training Provider Award

  • Galgorm Collection in partnership with Belfast Met
  • PwC in partnership with Ulster University
  • Ryobi Aluminium Castings (UK) Ltd in partnership with Northern Regional College

Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • Deloitte
  • Greiner Packaging

 

About the awards

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.
  • higher level 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.
  • apprenticeship mentors who are making a positive contribution to their employer’s business by integrating apprentices whilst developing the professional and technical skills of those apprentice(s).
  • individuals or organisations that have made significant contributions to promoting diversity and inclusion in their respective fields.
  • apprentices who have excelled in their apprenticeships within the public sector.

New for 2024, the Diversity and Inclusion Award celebrates and acknowledges employers’ commitment to diversity and inclusion in the delivery of apprenticeship training.

 

 

Categories

The 2024 award categories are:

  • Apprentice Award                                                                                
  • Higher Level Apprentice Award                                                         
  • Large Employer in partnership with their Training Provider Award 
  • SME  in partnership with their Training Provider Award                   
  • Mentor Award                                                                                    
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award                                                             
  • Public Sector Apprentice Award                                                      

2023 Awards winners

The awards ceremony was held at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Harbour Office, Belfast on 29 March. The winners of the 2023 Apprenticeship Awards are:

Apprentice of the Year Award 2023

Conor Braniff has been working towards his Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling, is employed by Tullycross Tiling, and is undergoing his training at Southern Regional College.

L to r: David Meade, event host, Conor Braniff, Apprentice of the Year winner, and Heather Cousins, Head of the Skills and Education Group at DfE
L to r: David Meade, event host, Conor Braniff, Apprentice of the Year winner, and Heather Cousins, Head of the Skills and Education Group at DfE

Finalists

The other finalists were Janice Nelson, G. S. Hunter Engineering studying at North West Regional College and Luke Marks, Tobermore studying at South West College.

Photos of the finalists are available in the Apprentice Awards 2023 gallery

Video of finalists

This is a video of the winner and finalists. (Subtitles are available by clicking the CC button in the playbar).

If the video doesn'd display you can view it at: Apprentice of the Year 2023 finalists

Higher Level Apprentice Award (HLA) 2023

Kerry Moore, working towards her Level 6 HLA in Business Technology, is employed by Deloitte MCS, and is studying with Ulster University.

L to r: David Meade, event host, Kerry Moore, Higher Level Apprentice winner and Heather Cousins Head of the Skills and Education Group at DfE
L to r: David Meade, event host, Kerry Moore, Higher Level Apprentice winner and Heather Cousins Head of the Skills and Education Group at DfE

Finalists

The other HLA finalists were Roisin McCloskey, Little Treasures Day Nursery and After Schools with North West Regional College and Cain McConville, Norbrook Laboratories Ltd with Southern Regional College.

Photos of the finalists are available in the Apprentice Awards 2023 gallery

Video of finalists

This is a video of the winner and the other HLA finalists. (Subtitles are available by clicking the CC button in the playbar).

If the videos doesn't display, you can view the video at: HLA 2023 finalists

Small to Medium Enterprise Award 2023

The winner is Nugent Engineering in partnership with South West College. 

Left to right: . David Meade, Patrick McMullan, Nugent Engineering, Leigh Falls, SWC and Heather Cousins, Head of the Skills and Education Group at DfE
Left to right: David Meade, Patrick McMullan, Nugent Engineering, Leigh Falls, South West College and Heather Cousins, Head of the Skills and Education Group at DfE

Finalists

The other finalists were Greenview Gas and Turkington Windows and Conservatories both in partnership with South Eastern Regional College.

Photos of the finalists are available in the Apprentice Awards 2023 gallery

Video of finalists

This is a video of the winner and finalists in the SME category. (Subtitles are available by clicking the CC button in the playbar).

If the video doesn't display, you can view the video at: SME 2023 finalists

Large Employer Award 2023

The Large Employer Award winner is NIE Networks in partnership with Northern Regional College. Pictured are John Burns of NIE Networks and David Russell of NRC.

Left to right: Pamela Frizell, and John Burns, NIE Networks, who were winners of the Large Employer Award, David Meade, event host, Heather Cousins, DfE, and David Russell of Northern Regional College
Left to right: Pamela Frizell, and John Burns, NIE Networks, winners of the Large Employer Award, David Meade, event host, Heather Cousins, DfE, and David Russell of Northern Regional College

Finalists

The other finalists were Almac Group in partnership with Southern Regional College and Danske Bank in partnership with Ulster University.

Photos of the finalists are available in the Apprentice Awards 2023 gallery

Video of finalists

This is a video of the winner and finalists in the Large Employer Award category. (Subtitles are available by clicking the CC button in the playbar).

If the video doesn't display you can view it at: Large Employer Award 2023 finalists

Mentor Award 2023

Charles McAuley, working for Mivan Ltd, and supporting apprentices from Northern Regional College, is the first person to win the new Mentor Award.

Left to right: David Meade, event host, Charles McAuley, winner of 2023 Mentor Award, Heather Cousins, Head of Skills and Education Group in DfE
Left to right: David Meade, event host, Charles McAuley, winner of 2023 Mentor Award, Heather Cousins, Head of Skills and Education Group in DfE

Finalists

The other finalists were Alan Clarke of Lakeland Diaries in partnership with College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise and Mark Stewart of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd in partnership with Southern Regional College.

Photos of the finalists are available in the Apprentice Awards 2023 gallery

Video of finalists

This is a video of the winner and finalists in the Mentor category

If the video doesn't display, you can view it at: Mentor Award 2023 video

Special Award Diversity and Inclusion

In its inaugural year, the new Special Award for Diversity and Inclusion was presented to NIE Networks. 

Awards booklet

The booklet from the ceremony is available at: Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2023 booklet

About the awardsEuropean Social Fund Northern Ireland logo containing text "European Union, European Social Fund, Northern Ireland"

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                          

Contact

If you would like to get in touch or register your interest for the Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2024, email:

                                     NIAA.2024@economy-ni.gov.uk

                                     or telephone: 028 9025 7580                      

Back to top