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Worcestershire Group Training Association welcomed over 200 guests to its Annual Apprentice Awards Evening on Tuesday 12 November at the University Arena in Worcester. Each year the employer led, not for profit training provider, currently in its 52nd Year, welcomes families, friends, employers and special guests to an evening of celebration to showcase the work of the learners of the previous year. Engineering and Commerce Apprentices were awarded their Qualification certificates followed by a presentation of WGTA Special Awards which go to the highest commended Apprentices in their specialist area and year of study.

This year’s special guest speaker was explorer and campaigner, Belinda Kirk, who has worked with explorers such as Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. Belinda gave an inspirational talk about her travels, how she has helped others to overcome adversity and encouraged attendees to step out of their comfort zone.

The Special Award winners of the evening were: back row L-R – Matthew Hall (Amada UK Ltd) Ed Meeks (Kerry – Taste & Nutrition) James Finch (Wienerberger) Special Guest Belinda Kirk, Joe Billingham (Titan Steel Wheels) Chris Reece (Barton Coldform) AVL United Kingdom Ltd (Paul Shuard)

Front row L-R – Charlotte Willkins (Parkwood Leisure) Abi Bradley (Sanctuary Group) Alice Wiltshire (Pumpmaster UK Ltd) Katie Turner (Amada UK Ltd) Sara Phillips (Worcs Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) Bethany Addis (Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd)

Not pictured: Daniel Coupland (Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd)

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