Apprenticeship Awards 2024

Our annual apprenticeship awards were a chance to shine a light on just some of the outstanding achievements by apprentices, employers and educators involved in apprenticeship training with the University of Kent.

On Wednesday 7h February 2024, apprentices, employers and educators gathered together for the second University of Kent Apprenticeship Awards ceremony to take place in person. As part of our National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, apprentices and key stakeholders joined us from across the country to take part in our round table discussion, networking lunch and celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the University’s 12 apprenticeship standards .

Dr Anthony Manning, Director and Dean for Global and Lifelong Learning hosted the event alongside Alan Bikowski, Senior Business Development and Marketing Officer and Betty Johnson, Business Development Manager, at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus.

Our Employer of the Year Awards went to the BBC and Syneos Health. BBC were nominated by students for their commitment to ongoing support and the extended learning opportunities they provide to apprentices on the Level 7 Senior Journalist Apprenticeship. Syneos Health also had many nominations from apprentices and academic colleagues. Organisation have apprentices on our various Science Apprenticeship Programmes and have provided support and guidance to the University in shaping the delivery to provide apprentices with best possible experience during their journey.

Across the awards we heard some fantastic stories and achievements. From apprentices who have introduced new techniques and cost-saving solutions to those who have gone above and beyond to take on new roles and achieve personal and professional goals. The awards were voted for by apprenticeship employers, apprentices and academic staff from the University. Each Apprenticeship Standard had a winner and the full list of winners can be viewed below.

Dr Anthony Manning said of the awards, “It has been wonderful to bring so many of our learners and employers together to celebrate the achievements of the past year and to share our passion for apprenticeships and lifelong learning. We believe in the power of apprenticeships to help grow organisations and provide incredibly valuable experiences to employers’ workforce as they begin or progress through their career. It’s clear from the nominations received and the stories shared by our winners that apprentices and apprenticeships are making a real impact across a range of job roles and organisations.”

Award Categories and Winners


Level 5 Technician Scientist (ATMP) – Karan Anchan from Vaccitech

Level 5 Technician Scientist (Bioscience) – Holly Rimmer from AstraZenica and Toby Knight from UCB

Level 6 Laboratory Scientist (Bioscience) – Joshua Peck from Reckitt

Level 6 Laboratory Scientist (Chemical Science) – Chloe Fitzgerald from Syngenta

Level 6 Clinical Trial Specialist – Matilda Wyatt from Syneos Health

Level 7 Research Scientist – Daniel Mota from Charles River


Human and Social Sciences

Level 6 Professional Economist – Muaadh Tanveerm from Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Law, Society and Social Justice

Level 3 Fundraiser – Tinaz Sequiera from Tearfund

Level 4 Policy Officer – Shannen Catalan from Department of Health and Social Care

Level 6 Social Worker – Sophie Brassington from Haringey Council

Level 7 Senior Journalist – Hayley Clarke from the BBC


Kent Business School

Level 6 Chartered Manager (London) – Max Van Den Berg from Transport for London

Level 6 Chartered Manager (Online) – Sadie Smith from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Level 7 Senior Leader MBA – Daniel Hiscock from Parker Steel

Level 7 Senior Leader MSc – Temitope Akinfolarin from NHS Guys and St Thomas Hospital

Level 7 Operational Research Specialist – Aamnah Hanif from HM Revenue and Customs


Employer and Academic Awards

Employer of the Year -BBC and Syneos Health

Academic of the Year – Dr Lyne Josse

Apprenticeship Advisor of the Year – Jane Million

Dr Parminder Sandhu Awards for Outstanding Science Apprentices – Chloe Fitzgerald from Syngenta

The University of Kent has been offering Apprenticeships since 2011 and offer a range of apprenticeships in areas such as science, economics, social work, policy making and business and management.

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