The winners' stories

We're proud to recognise the hard work of all our winners. Read about their stories below.
28 February 2017

Ella Buckley

Pre-Apprentice of the Year

Ella is a Long-Term Gardener on a Traineeship at Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens. Ella works in these gardens helping create beautiful public spaces, which she helps maintain to an award-winning standard which has helped gained public recognition.


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Tinysaurus Nursery

Employer of the Year

Tinysaurus Nursery has been offering apprenticeships in partnership with YMCA Training over the last 11 years – delivering a total of more than 300 successful programmes in this time. Due to its commitment to apprenticeships – the time and money invested in creating a bespoke offering – it has been awarded the Central YMCA ‘Employer of the Year’ apprenticeship award.


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Estelle Leake

Tutor of the Year

Estelle was looking at progressing further into her career, and that is when she found YMCA Training Doncaster. Estelle started off as a YMCA tutor, where her job entailed inductions and functional skills maths. Following a restructure in August 2016, just before she went on maternity leave, Estelle was offered the role of GCSE tutor for maths, which she accepted and started post-maternity in March 2016.


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Manchester United

Longstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Award

Manchester United has worked with YMCA Training for the past 25 years and has shown true commitment to the development of their apprentices.


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Phillip Start

Apprentice of the Year

Philip left sixth form with the desire to pursue a career in the fitness industry and worked his way through some tough obstacles to become a fitness instructor. Leaving sixth form with BTEC qualifications, Philip knew that university was not for him – he believed the apprenticeship route was a lot more practical and efficient at attaining the qualities and knowledge he needed to successfully becoming a fitness instructor.


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