Following our success in 2016 at The Truro and Penwith College Cornwall Apprenticeship awards, we were honoured to head to the 2017 ceremony last Friday with three nominations in different categories. In 2016 we were awarded the SME Apprentice Employer of the Year, so we were more than a little pleased to be nominated for the same award a second year running. We also had nominations for Daniel Cannons for IT Apprentice of the Year and Madeline Murphy for Marketing and Management Apprentice of the Year.
We are delighted to annouce the award for IT Apprentice of the Year went to our very own Dan who is more than deserving of this accolade. The award, supported and presented by NatWest, was awarded because of Dan’s positive impact on our workplace, having become a trusted member of the team and overcome a great deal of nerves in learning to drive and answering the phones. Dan is now a confident and valued member of our team.
We are hugely proud of the achievements made by our apprentices this year. Across the board our apprentices have been invaluable assets to Tregothnan in learning new skills, supporting their teams and providing the highest standards of work. In marketing, Jack Hopkins and Madeline Murphy have created video content, managed the social platforms, created merchandising schemes, designed packaging, worked on campaigns for bespoke and high profile customers like Aston Martin and Cartier and set up a pop-up shop in Covent Garden. Dan in IT has supported the launch of our new website and tracked Google Analytics to measure its performance, implemented hardware upgrades, undertakes IT phone support with grace and has been instrumental in influencing new technologies across the business. Sam in our joinery team has been involved in three large projects during his apprenticeship, making doors and louvers for Tregothnan tenants and the main house, supporting the trading team with hot boxes for drying tea and undertaking maintenance and safety checks on all the equipment in the workshop. Bethan in Accounts assists with the purchase & sales ledgers and processing the web orders. She is working towards her AAT Level 2 qualification.
The awards ceremony on Friday 17th was a very glamourous affair so we all donned our smartest black ties and cocktail dresses to sit down for a delicious meal cooked by a team of apprentices from the Rick Stein Academy. We wanted to say a huge thank you to Truro and Penwith College for putting on such an enjoyable evening and continuing to inspire such talented and motivated people to become apprentices in Cornwall. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our marvellous apprentices.