The awards were handed out by young inventor Ruth Amos, pictured with award winner Rino McCann of Greenwich Community Development Agency.
Employers and trainees from sectors including retail, media and entertainment, education, facilities management, and engineering were honoured. Winners were chosen from among the students, employers and partners of Uxbridge College, including:
• Apprentice Employer Award – Yalden DIY and Garden, Chalfont St Giles.
• Work Experience Employer Award – Greenwich Community Development Agency at The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes.
• Intermediate Apprentice Award – Katie Scarfe, Cherry Lane Primary School, West Drayton.
• Advanced Apprentice Award – Mica Day, Temco, Uxbridge.
• Star Award for Engineering – Christopher McSorley, apprentice at Mercedes.
Lorraine Collins, Executive Director – Enterprise & Development at Uxbridge College, said: “I would like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ to all our winners, particularly as they have been chosen from literally thousands of employers and work-based learners Uxbridge College works with. These are clear examples of how training can make a huge difference to business and to the individuals who make business what it is.”
Ruth Amos, who presented awards, found herself in the spotlight at the age of 15 when she came up with an alternative to the famous stairlift for elderly and disabled people. Ruth created the cost-effective ‘StairSteady’ as part of a GCSE project, set up a company producing and installing it, and went on to establish several other businesses and win numerous business and engineering awards. Her invention involves a metal bar which slides up and down a rail which users hold on to it as they go up and down stairs.