House of Lords celebration for star apprentice

Updated: Jan 7, 2019


We are thrilled to announce that our company apprentice, Sophie Lee, was among 31 apprentices who were commended at a ‘Celebration of Apprenticeships’ award ceremony. The event was organised by West Nottinghamshire College Group which pays tribute to their hard work and achievements.



Sophie Lee, Administration Assistant Apprentice, was selected from the college group’s crop of more than 10,400 apprentices in recognition of their talent, dedication and contribution to their workplace.

Held in the historic building of Cholmondeley Room and Terrace (Wednesday 15 July, 2015) Sophie was presented with an engraved glass trophy and certificate. These were both presented by Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and Sue Husband, Director of Apprenticeships and delivery service at the Skills Funding Agency.


Other guests included family members of the apprentices, their employers, MPs and members of the House of Lords.

Now in its fourth year, the event was hosted by Anna Soubry MP for Broxtowe and Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise.



Dame Asha Khemka, Principal and Chief Executive of the college group said: “It was a privilege to once again celebrate some of our star apprentices in the inspirational surroundings of the House of Lords and formally recognise their individual achievements and contribution to their workplace. Apprenticeships make a real difference to individuals, employers and communities. They enable businesses to develop the skilled workforce needed to be successful while also providing young people with high-quality job opportunities. The event was also an important opportunity for us to thank their employers for investing in new talent, which is key to a successful apprenticeship system.”


The Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands tweeted: “Great day @UKHouseofLords with @WestNotts & the ‘crème de la crème’ of its 11,000 #apprentices. Congratulations to the 31 deserving winners!”

Paul Jones, Managing Director of Learn by Design, commended Sophie by saying “We are all very proud of what Sophie has achieved.”