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Apprentices Assemble to Celebrate College Achievements

AwardsMakers apprentices assembled to celebrate with representatives of Walsall College and were presented with both a trophy and certificate to mark their contribution to the apprentice partnership awarded by the British Parking Association.


The “Special Jury Prize” was presented to Neil Sambrook, Head of Curriculum Cluster; Construction, Engineering & Science at Walsall College followed by a 3 course celebratory meal at the ‘Littleton’ the colleges own bistro restaurant and bar located at the Hub, Walsall College Business Centre Campus.

“The college is delighted to be recognised and we are very pleased to be working alongside Makers to make their apprenticeship scheme a success.”

Neil Sambrook, Head of Curriculum Cluster, Walsall College.

GroupThe celebratory lunch provided an ideal opportunity for all 9 Makers apprentices, staff and college lecturers involved in the programme to share experiences and thoughts over the past year.  Makers latest recruits were also on hand to gain valuable insights from those already on the programme and what lies ahead for them.

“The food and facility were excellent and provided a relaxing atmosphere to allow students and lecturers to exchange ideas and thoughts on the coming year.”

Sean Allsop, HSQE Manager

“It’s been great to see all the other guys who are on the course and listen to their stories; I’m really looking forward to it.”

Edward Smith, Apprentice Site Manager

Andrew Stubbs, lecturer at Walsall surprised three of Makers apprentices when he produced their BTEC Certificates.  These were presented to Joe Marler, Dean Hubbard and Mick Stubbs by Simon Lamb Managing Director of Makers and Andy Stubbs outside the Hub Business Centre.

Joe Marler

Dean Hubbard

Mick Stubbs







“This is a key moment, I am delighted for the guys and their achievements and who should be an inspiration to the other lads, they have shown what is possible with the right encouragement. When we embarked on this programme I never envisaged how it would change people’s lives…”

“Simon and his team have worked really hard to find the right balance and skill sets necessary to get the best of the apprentices, they are all a credit to the company and all have developed way above expectation and are lucky to be involved in such a scheme.”

“Congratulations Dean, Mick and Joe – now it gets tougher!” 

Andy Stubbs, Lecturer Walsall College

ApprenticesFollowing the meal some apprentices returned to lessons, others back to site or their respective placements but not before the opportunity to take a couple of group shots!

“Walsall College is perhaps not everyone’s first thought when it comes to further education, but their Ofsted Outsourcing achievement speaks volumes and our students are enjoying every minute, without their valuable contribution the results we are seeing with our apprentices wouldn’t be achieved.  We would like to express our thanks to Neil, Barry and Andy, on behalf of all our students for their patience, understanding and commitment to their education.”

Simon Lamb, MD



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