Grow Somerset Talent Awards Ceremony 2016

Tonight is the Grown Somerset Talent Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. 

Grow Somerset Talent was set up six years ago by a group of Colleges and Education Providers to collaboratively promote the benefits of Apprenticeships across Somerset. The group have worked with a huge range of employers and Apprentices to secure placements and grow the Apprenticeship industry. 

Each year the group hold a campaign to measure their impact on Somerset’s Apprenticeship growth, this year the campaign has been to provide 100 Information, Advice and Guidance sessions in 100 days. The final figures of this campaign will be released at the Awards Ceremony tonight.

Somerset College have three finalists for the Awards, and we want to wish them all the very best of luck for tonight! Check our Facebook page for photos of the event, and an update on the winners!

In the meantime, here is a bit about our finalists: 

Dolphins Childcare Centre  - Small Employer of the year Award

Sharon and Di, started working together whilst running the “Little Bears” pre-school in 2000. They then founded the Dolphin’s Childcare centre, which started with 16 children and they now look after and support 160 children. In 2010, Dolphins started to offer their first apprenticeship positions in Early Years. In total they have taken on eight apprentices and all of the apprentices have become full time members of staff and are a crucial part of the Dolphins team. The apprentices have been an important part of Dolphins success.

West Monkton Primary School – Small Employer of the Year Award

West Monkton is a primary school serving the community of Monkton Heathfield. In 2014/15 they employed two apprentices and created a professional development program in school, which enabled the apprentices to learn from their skilled teaching team. Both apprentices successfully completed their apprenticeships, one is now studying at University and aims to qualify as a dance teacher. The other apprentice has remained with the School and is employed as a Teaching Assistant. This year West Monkton Primary School have taken on three more apprentices.

Josh Taylor – Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

Josh had a bumpy start to his apprenticeship, but he used his initiative and managed to successfully gain an Automotive Apprenticeship at SC Blew, which he is really enjoying and recognises this as the career for him. Josh has been on a personal journey over this time and has developed self-confidence and self-esteem along the way. Josh is progressing well in his studies and approaches his apprenticeship with a mature and professional attitude and works well with the team.