The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2022 recognised the best talent in the county with a special live-streamed event on Thursday 19 May, followed by an in-person celebration evening at Williams F1 Conference Centre on 26 May, where finalists were presented with their trophies.
The Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award recognises outstanding individuals who are working towards, or have recently completed, a Level 3 Apprenticeship. It was won by Jordan Davies, Engineering Apprentice at Abbott Diabetes Care, a company based in Witney who develop healthcare solutions, from next-generation diagnostic tools that put patients on the path to better health sooner to trusted medicines that help people of all ages stay active and vital.
Jordan’s current role is within the facilities Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) department where he is a truly valued member of the team. He was nominated by his manager, Facilities/HVAC Lead Nathan Blackwell, who commended his hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, as well as his caring and helpful nature, which sees him volunteering to support new apprentices.
The award was kindly sponsored by NielsenIQ, a global measurement and data analytics company that provides a complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide.
HR Officer Erin Fullarton, who judged the award, said: “We chose Jordan as our winner for the Advanced Apprentice Award 2022 because we were inspired by his motivation and passion for his job as an engineer. Jordan has used this passion to successfully take part in and lead on projects that have a major impact to the company by making drastic cost savings. Whilst doing a great job day to day, Jordan also manages to make time to ensure he is a great mentor to some of the younger apprentices within the company. Not only did we love sensing the pride when Jordan spoke about his job, but we had the pleasure of learning about how he won an ‘outstanding skills and attitude award’ from college in his first year – which gives credit to his hard work and determination.”
In addition to winning the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award, Jordan was selected as joint winner of the Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year Award alongside Nicole Nielsen-Pike, Guest Services Supervisor at Blenheim Palace, who won the Higher / Degree Apprentice of the Year Award.
Jordan said: “When I was told I had won I was in complete shock. To reach the final was amazing, I never believed I would be fortunate enough to be selected from the finalists and to then learn I had become joint winner for the Apprentice of the Year award, I was speechless. What a great achievement this is for me and a great opportunity to voice to new apprentices on the many opportunities there are for apprenticeships.”
Since his double win, Jordan has become an OxLEP Apprenticeship Ambassador and has joined the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards committee to support with planning for the 2023 awards. He took part in a panel discussion at the launch of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023 at the OxLEP Annual Event on 1 November.
About the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023
The awards will be open for entries and nominations until midnight on the evening of Friday 17 February 2023. Finalists will be announced during Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (hashtag #OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 on Thursday 20 April 2023. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2023.
Abbott Diabetes Care are kindly sponsoring the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award in 2023, after their Engineering Apprentice Jordan Davies won the award in 2022.
If you would like the opportunity to support the Awards, please get in touch.
Join us for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2023.