Learner Graduation and Awards 2018

Arlington Arts - Wednesday April 25th 2018, 2pm - 4pm​

We're once again celebrating the success of our learners and their employers in style this year! Our Apprentice Graduation and Awards for 2018 will be held at the fantastic Arlington Arts Centre in the grounds of the Mary Hare School, Snelsmore Common, Newbury. A map and directions to Arlington Arts can be found here.​

Invitations have been sent out to all Apprentices who have achieved since April 2017, or who are predicted to achieve by 31st March 2018.   Also invited will be all finalists in the Rising Stars Awards categories and their guests. These invitations will be sent after the nominations close in March. We expect it to be a busy and exciting afternoon for everyone.

Proceedings start at 2pm with an opening address from our Guest of Honour. Then our Apprentice Graduates will be called on stage to receive their certificates. This will then be followed by the awards themselves.



We have 8 award categories for 2018 with awards available for both learners and employers who are the ‘Rising Stars’ of today and who make great role models in the world of learning and employment. Our judges will go through all the nominations and select a short-list of finalists in each category. Finalists will be invited to the event along with a guest and the winners will be revealed on the day! 

Nominations close on 9th March and submissions after this date can not be considered.

We’re delighted that our Guest of Honour for the event will be Mark Dawe, CEO of AELP. He will give the opening address and present the certifcates to our graduates.


Mark is the Chief Executive of AELP, sits on the Board of WorldSkills UK and the UfI Trust as well as government boards such as the ESFA Advisory Board, IfA Quality Alliance and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. Previously Mark was the Chief Executive of OCR, the exam board. He has been a governor of primary schools, secondary and a further education college and has a wealth of experience in the education field. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands FE College having been Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit.

Having read Economics at Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services. He helped set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to the public sector. He gets his grit and resilience from supporting Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood, cycling and four school aged children.




Our judging panel have many years experience of working with and employing young people. They are all successful business people with a diverse range of career roles under their belts and we are fortunate that they have accepted the complex role of reviewing all nominations and selecting the finalists.

Martin is Managing Director of Manley Summers Training & Development in London and has extensive experience of apprenticeships. Manley Summers has an impressive track record in delivering high quality apprenticeships in the care and business administration sectors. Prior to working with apprentices, Martin worked in the recruitment industry and has built long standing relationships with employers. He fully understands what makes a great apprenticeship programme and the work of employers in making it happen.



Anne joined the WBTC Board as a Trustee in 2017. Anne will be known to many in her previous role as HR Project Manager for James Cowper Kreston where she also led the highly successful Apprenticeship Programme with WBTC.  

Anne brings her extensive background in both private and public sector of over 40 years and is a positive addition to our judging panel. 



Alex is 16-24 Tracking and Engagement Officer with West Berkshire Council. He has many years experience working with young people in a range of settings including schools, colleges and in the community. In his spare time he is a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch. He is also an archery and canoeing coach, as well as a keen hill walker. He can regularly be found supporting young people in achieving the Duke of Edinburgh award in the UK or overseas. Alex was appointed an Honorary Fellow of WBTC in 2017.





Ian joined the WBTC Board as a Trustee in May 2014. He worked for the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service for 35 years and became the Chief Fire Officer during the period 2003 to 2013.  He is a  Graduate of the University of Reading and the University of Central Lancashire with a BSc (Hons) and an MSc. Iain currently chairs three national networks and councils covering fire and sprinkler issues and is a volunteer with the local Cats Protection branch and the RNLI.