Learner Graduation and Awards 2020

2020 Event Cancelled

Following recent government announcements regarding the changes to social distancing rules related to COVID-19, it is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel our Rising Stars and Graduation event in October.

The event was originally planned to be held in May, but was postponed to October due to the national lockdown restrictions. Below you will find details of the anticipated 2021 event.

Wednesday 19th May 2021

Arlington Arts Centre

Following the cancellation of the October 2020 event, we are looking forward to celebrating with our graduates and guests in 2021.

All apprentices who achieved between April 2019 – 31st March 2020 will be invited to graduate alongside the 2020/2021 learners.


The ceremony will open with an address from our Guest of Honour. Apprentice graduates will then be called on stage to receive their certificates.

Rising Stars Awards

There are eight award categories for 2020 with awards for both learners and employers. This event is a celebration of the ‘Rising Stars’ of today and those who are great role models in learning and employment. Winners will be revealed on the day.

Guest of Honour

Each year we have a Guest of Honour who presents the awards and celebrates with graduates and guests. Details will be released closer to the event.

The Judges

Our judging panel have many years of 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.

Assistant Principal – Foundation Learning & Student Voice, Basingstoke College of Technology
Alexis was appointed Director of Student Experience at BCoT in May 2015.  She spent over 10 years working as a Careers Adviser and Team leader in Connexions before joining the FE Sector, initially supporting students in the transition to college, then supporting 14 -16 year old students before moving into the role of ensuring that all students enjoy their time at college. Alexis is also a governor at The Costello School and is on the Exec for the National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS).

Training Manager, Tiger Training Centre
Julie joined the Tigers team in 2011 to set up and manage the Tigers Training Centre. Her role is varied and involves developing new projects and ideas. She is also the lead Internal Quality Assurer, organises all short courses and apprenticeships programmes and liaises with WBTC and awarding organisations to maintain direct claims status. She works closely with nurseries, schools and childcare settings across Berkshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire to ensure their training meets the demanding needs of the industry.


Steve joined the WBTC board in 2018. Now retired, Steve spent the last 32 years of his career working in various roles at AWE, culminating in the role of Infrastructure Director. Steve is Trustee Director of a large pension fund, a Trustee of The Loddon School and the Vice Chair of Governors at Basingstoke College of Technology.



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