Top apprentices were celebrated during the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Awards at the Skills Show last Thursday.

From left: Tim Campbell, Chris Jones from City & Guilds, Chloe Gailes and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock

Apprentices from across the country received awards recognising their achievements at intermed

iate, advanced and higher levels, and for championing apprenticeships.

The ceremony, held at the LG Arena in Birmingham, was hosted by Tim Campbell, winner of the first series of BBC TV show The Apprentice.

Mr Campbell said: “We’re here celebrating those apprentices who have taken those different paths and who have persevered and been successful.”

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year was won by Lydia Webster, aged 20, apprentice at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in Truro, while IBM apprentice Sadie Hawkins, 20, took advanced Apprentice of the year.

Nick Clegg congratulates the Brathay Challenge winners

Jessica Kirby, 20, apprentice at Cirkle Communications was named Higher Apprentice of the Ye

ar and apprenticeship champion went to Chloe Gailes, 28, who trained with Barclays.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also spoke. He said: “You are all part of a very significant transformation indeed… in the way in which we celebrate skills, in which we celebrate learning whilst doing.”

A team of apprentices from Innovia Films were also crowned winners of the Brathay Challenge.