Learner Graduation and Awards 2020

Arlington Arts – Wednesday October 28th 2020, 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 2020 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 2019, or who are predicted to achieve by 31st March 2020.  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 2020 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!

Each year we have a guest of honour to present the awards. For 2020 we are talking to some excellent people who we think you will enjoy meeting and listening to. We will publish their details closer to the event.


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.

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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