Doncaster College Apprentice Awards
Some of the recipients of Awards, from left to right: Large
employer of the Year winner UK Coal Mining Ltd represented by
Richard Webster; Advanced Apprentice winner Terri-Ann Westerman;
Personal Achiever winner Andrew Theaker; Small Employer of the Year
winner Rocket Powered, represented by James Ashford; Intermediate
Apprentice winner Kathryn Downes; and Intermediate Apprentice
runner up Danielle Taylor.
Apprentices have been rewarded for their achievements at
the Doncaster College Apprenticeship Awards, held at the College's
Each award winner received a certificate and trophy in front of
family, friends and work colleagues. The celebration included a
buffet, prepared and served by Doncaster College catering and
The awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate
apprentices’ exceptional contributions to their workplace. All
entries were judged and measured against criteria around
achievement and good progress in learning, commitment to their own
personal development, and producing work beyond expectations.
Inspirational and enterprising qualities were also required in
order to gain the awards.
Terri-Ann Westerman receives the Advanced Apprentice Award from
Simon Taylor, UK Coal, Surface Mines Director
Terri-Ann Westerman was named Advanced Apprentice of the Year
Terri-Ann, of Skellow in Doncaster, is a mother of three and
works for UK Coal, repairing and maintaining diggers and
excavators at their Harworth base.
UK Coal regard Terri-Ann very highly and she just keeps on
winning awards. Recently she won the Advanced Apprentice of the
Year award at the Proskills awards ceremony, which was held at the
popular UK theme park Alton Towers.
In 2009, Terri also won The Institute of Materials, Minerals and
Mining Technician Of The Year for her outstanding performance
during her course.
Andrew Theaker, 28, won the Personal Achiever of the Year.
Andrew, who works for Amanda Lee Retail Ltd, has had to overcome a
number of substantial difficulties in his personal life and which
could have easily prevented him from pursuing his career goals.
UK Coal Mining Ltd won the Large Employer of the Year
award. This award acknowledged and celebrated the employer’s
commitment to developing their workforce through Apprenticeships
and UK Coal’s commitment to training is outstanding.
They have supported their apprentices with extra curriculum
activities, for example when a student has been struggling, they
have set up extra classroom time (in their training school) to help
them get back on track.
They have also supported students by arranging continual
in-house product training.
Doncaster College works with more than 300 different employers
across South Yorkshire including UK Coal, Doncaster Council,
Wabtec, Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Chamber and Rotherham
Last year, the College dealt with over 500 employed apprentices
across a whole range of occupational areas including engineering,
motor vehicle, construction, hairdressing, business administration
The Award winners were as follows:
- Large Employer of the Year winner, UK Coal Mining Ltd
represented by Richard Webster
- Advanced Apprentice winner, Terri-Ann Westerman
- Advanced Apprentice runner up, Gemma Cocksedge
- Personal Achiever winner, Andrew Theaker
- Small Employer of the Year winner, Rocket Powered represented
by James Ashford
- Intermediate Apprentice winner, Kathryn Downes
- Intermediate Apprentice runner up, Danielle Taylor
This years awards were sponsored by Atteys Solicitors, Doran
Scott Williams, UK Coal Mining Ltd, Hair & Beauty Co.,
Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, and The Stables Restaurant.
As part of Apprenticeship Week 2012, which runs from 6th to 10th
of February, Doncaster College is hosting events aimed at both
employers and applicants for places. See
this page for details of planned events.