“We’re right behind the West Midlands 100 in 100 campaign,” said Carrie Smith, vice principal at City College.

“Apprenticeships add real value to a business, tackling the skills shortage and filling vacant posts.

"We work collaboratively with employers to get the programme right and make sure we give our students a very positive experience. So it’s no surprise our apprentices are award winners.”

Amy Lyden, a business and administration apprentice, has been named Apprentice of the Year by Whitefriars Housing, Coventry’s largest social landlord and one of the country’s most successful post transfer housing organisations.

“Amy has made an exceptional contribution and thoroughly deserves this recognition,” explained Pauline Griffin, Training Assistant at Whitefriars Housing.

“We run a number of extra curricular activities for all our apprentices, coaching them on teamwork and helping them to develop a broader understanding of our business. Amy has been a valuable member of this Group.”

Amy is currently studying for her Level 3 apprenticeship in Business Administration, which she is due to complete in August this year.

“I am incredibly proud to have won this award,” said Amy. “I am really enjoying being an apprentice at Whitefriars.

"The work is stimulating and the support from the Whitefriars team, my tutors at City College and my peers is excellent so it seems natural to go the extra mile.

"I hope this award will help me kick start my career and get a good job when I start looking in August at the end of my course.”

Adele Hargrave, who is also studying a Level 3 in Business Administration with City College, was named runner-up.

*Contact us at apprenticeships@citycollege.ac.uk