Winners crowned at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Apprenticeship Awards 2016/17

At last night's annual Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, we were delighted to present Farzana Saddiq, a team leader apprentice with GLL at the London Aquatics Centre, the coveted Apprentice of the Year award.

Now in its fourth year, the Apprenticeship Awards recognise and celebrate the role of local young people and employers in delivering the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 240 apprentices have played key roles in the new chapter of the Park, including engineers and surveyors that helped transform the former Olympic Stadium into a world-class, multi-use venue, operatives at Chobham Manor (the first of five new neighbourhoods), landscapers that maintain the 560 acres of parklands, and exciting digital media technician roles in east London’s new digital quarter, Here East. 

A range of park-based employers have been championing apprenticeships, providing young people the opportunity to gain new skills and essential workplace experience and giving them the perfect start to their careers. Apprenticeships on the Park have provided a springboard to future careers with a number of former apprentices having secured jobs in the hospitality, construction and digital industries. 

Farzana Saddiq, Apprentice of the Year Award, said: “I'm completely blown away to win this award. The opportunities with GLL have been amazing and I'm so excited to see what the future will bring now. Everyone's been brilliant, but I would especially like to thank my managers Elaine and Monique.”

On an action-packed evening at Here East, other winners included:
  • Apprentice of the Year: Farzana Saddiq (GLL)
  • Runners Up, Apprentice of the Year: Cassie Dowling (BT Sport), and Jalbby Johnson (GLL)
  • Mentor of the Year Award: Chris James (Idverde)
  • Employer Award for Commitment to Equalities and Inclusion: Unity Kitchen at Timber Lodge
  • Employer of the Year Award: Taylor Wimpey
  • Making It Happen Partnership of the Year Award: Sadler’s Wells 
  • Individual Achievement Award: Paula Denise Vaz Cudna (Engie)
  • Special Commendation- Individual Achievement Award: Liam French (PHD Access) and Latoya Matthews (Unity Kitchen at Timber Lodge) 
  • Best Work Placement/Intern: Jade Leatham (Sadler's Wells)
  • Ambassador of the Year Award: Jone Da Cruz
During the ceremony, our now traditional film was premiered; you can view this year's offering 'East Works' below:



Read the full press release here