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Apprentices recognised at Freemen Awards

An apprentice forging a career in classic car restoration has been named Freemen Apprentice of the Year at a ceremony in Oxford.
Adam Carroll, from Watlington, is completing his apprenticeship with Activate Enterprise at The Classic Car Project Shop in Weston-on-The-Green.
He was named overall winner at the Freemen Apprentice Awards, held on 27 March by the Freeman of the City of Oxford, an historic craft guild organisation set up to promote and protect the role of apprenticeships.
Activate Enterprise apprentices took four of the eight category wins at the awards, with further prizes going to:

  • Calum Cook, building trades (wood) – John Cook Builders
  • Joe Robbins, furniture making – Benchmark Furniture
  • Ellian Edwards, engineering – Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Four other apprentices were directly nominated by their employer, Oxford City Council.
Adam, aged 28, said: “It feels surreal to have won. It’s a really tough industry to get into as I find that people in this trade tend to be born and bred into it. I think an apprenticeship is like a vitamin supplement that you take to enhance your body. It has made my career pathway more solid and given me the knowledge I needed to do the practical work. The support from the college and my employer has been brilliant.”
Pablo Lloyd, chief executive of Activate Enterprise, the business services division of Activate Learning (previously OCVC), said: “These awards continue to reflect the outstanding quality of apprentices and the excellent mentoring from the businesses they work with.

“We are delighted that we at Activate Enterprise had so many nominations and that Adam has won The Freemen Award 2014. He has continually worked hard and has shown dedication and passion in his job as well as realising the value of an apprenticeship as a solid foundation for his career and personal development. All of the young people nominated for an award should be proud of their achievements.”
Adam’s employer, Simeon Cattle, who has already employed two other apprentices, said: “I was delighted to offer Adam the opportunity to learn and complete his mechanical qualification as he has put a tremendous amount of effort in. I truly believe that he deserves this award and I look forward to him becoming a full time member of staff and helping me grow my business.”