‘Best of the Best’ Themis Apprentices Honoured at the Themis Inspire and Achieve 2019 Awards

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‘Best of the Best’ Themis Apprentices Honoured at the Themis Inspire and Achieve 2019 Awards

It was a night of celebrations as Apprentices and leading Employers alike were recognised for their success and achievements overthe past year.  The Themis Inspire and Achieve Awards 2019 were held at Burnley College on Thursday, 5 September, and attended by more than 200 Themis Apprentices, employers, local dignitaries and guests.

The Themis Inspire and Achieve Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding Themis Apprentices who are already making their mark in their chosen fields and establishing themselves as leaders of tomorrow. 

The Awards also acknowledge leading Employers in the region who are investing in the future of their businesses through their commitment to Apprenticeships and training.

Together Housing took the Award for Commitment to Apprenticeships for 2019 for their work helping young people kick-start their careers and unemployed people gain valuable work skills. 

A Themis Exceptional Achievement Award was given to Jake Duthie who ‘gives 110% in everything he does’ for his employer Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd and who recently gained the highest recorded marks in his chosen Degree Apprenticeship with Uuniversity Courses Burnley, earning a coveted BEng qualification. 

Said Simon Jordan, Director of Themis:

“As an Apprenticeship Provider we are committed to training the Best Apprentices who are dedicated, motivated and innovative.  We work with the Best Employers who are leaders in their fields and we employ the Best Trainers, with years of industry expertise and passion for their sector to pass on their skills and knowledge.  Congratulations to all our winners – but each and every finalist should be recognised for making the shortlist.”

Presenting the awards at the evening celebration were Helen McVey - Pendleside Hospice, Sam King - Exertis UK Ltd, Richard Robinson- Governor, Burnley College and Director, MacMahon Leggate Chartered Accountants, Nicholas Hall - AMRC (the University of Sheffield) and Dave Walker - +24 Marketing. 

Speeches were given by Will Shepherd, Creator of Black Sheep Biz management consultancy who was joined by Host Simon Brierley, Membership Director of East Lancs Chamber of  Commerce and Karen Buchanan, CEO of Themis.

Simon Jordan added:

“Each and every one of our Apprentices and Employers should be very proud of their achievements.  Their contributions are making a real impact on the industrial landscape of the North West and Themis is proud to be part of this journey.”

The winners of each award received trophies designed and handcrafted by Themis at Burnley College and sponsor AMRC.  A combination of ash, a verstaile wood,  and state-of-the-art composite material, they are a fusion of traditional and future skills and materials - and are a true piece of art.

The Winners (and finalists) of the 2019 Themis Inspire & Achieve Awards are:

The Themis Exceptional Achievement Award

(presented to the Best of the Best Themis Apprentice who has been an inspiration to others throughout their studies, whose skills have made a difference to their Employer’s business and who is destined to reach the very top of their chosen sector.)

Jake Duthie – Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd – WINNER


Commitment to Apprenticeships Award

(presented to the Employer that demonstrates a commitment to supporting development of Apprenticeship programmes within their organisation.)

Together Housing - WINNER


Herbert Parkinson Ltd

Hycrome Aerospace Ltd

Paradigm Precision

Safran Nacelles Ltd


Absolute Apprentice Platinum Award

(presented to an Advanced Apprentice for their contribution to their workplace or training.)

Milli Sagar, Safran Nacelles Ltd - WINNER

Tyler Atkinson, WEC Ltd

Michaela Ingham, Althams Travel Services


The Absolute Apprentice Gold Award

(presented to an Intermediate Apprentice for their contribution to their workplace or training.)

Jamie Green, Fitzpatricks - WINNER

Alfie Warburton, Pegasus Plumbing – Highly Commended

Benjamin Heffernan, Primary Engineer


The #FutureBoss Award

(presented to the individual making an impact on the world of business)

Georgina Booth, Hycrome Ltd - WINNER

Millie Higham, Tharstern – Highly Commended

James Henderson, Pendle Borough Council


Ultimate Vision Award

(presented to the individual making huge strides to build a great future for themselves and their Employer in the Construction or Furniture Industry.)

Ben Taylor, The Senator Group - WINNER

Richard Hindle, Frank Belshaws Chartered Surveyors

Gareth Pearson, Together Housing


The Future Innovator Award

(presented to the Engineer who sees solutions and opportunities where others see problems.)

William Fallows, Paradigm Precision - WINNER

Jack Thomas, Fort Vale – Runner-Up

Mike Jackson, Safran Nacelles Ltd


The Discovery Prize

(presented to the individual prepared to go the extra mile and whose passion for science has been instrumental in the success of their Employer’s business)

Ethan Bruce, Hycrome Aerospace – WINNER


The Project Digital Award

(presented to the individual demonstrating their talent and skill using a range of Digital disciplines.)

Jacob Goggins, North West Skills Academy - WINNER

Antonia Wynne, FUNDA – Highly Commended


The Themis Gold Award

(presented to the student who has completed the Themis Gold Programme and shown they have what it takes to become a Themis Apprentice.)

George Miller, St Augustine’s RC High School (Engineering) - WINNER

Lucas Broxton, Alder Grange School (Construction)

Josh Huyton, Shuttleworth College (Engineering)

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