Apprenticeship Guide Awards 2024: Sporting Elite and Kyle Bestley nominated!

Posted on: 9th May 2024
Ignite News

Ignite Training will journey to Manchester this week together with Sporting Elite CIC, with both organisations nominated for awards at the 2024 Apprenticeship Guide Awards.

The evening will celebrate training providers and employers who go above and beyond to ensure their apprentices thrive.

Sporting Elite CIC has been nominated in the Best Employer category, while Kyle Bestley, a tutor at Ignite Training, has been nominated in the Mentor of the Year class.

The black tie ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, and will be hosted by TV personality and comedian Lucy Porter. The awards categories encompass all the different sectors in which apprentices flourish, with winners chosen by a team of specialists in the field.

Twenty-five awards will be handed out on the evening, covering everything from sector and organisation prizes to team and individual awards.

Sporting Elite CIC has been nominated thanks to the commitment it shows to helping children who are growing up in the most challenging of circumstances. They are dedicated to improving the lives of young people living in situations which mean opportunities to thrive are reduced.

From its base in Birmingham, its team works across the west midlands running sports activities and providing mentoring opportunities to combat anti-social behaviour in young people as a way to help them to build self-confidence and to realise their potential. Sporting Elite currently have four apprentices on programme with Ignite, ranging from Level 2 to Level 5.

Five years into his time at Ignite, Kyle Bestley was chosen because he consistently goes above and beyond when it comes to helping his mentees. He works hard to create a supportive and nurturing environment in which all those in his care can thrive.

Kyle started off as a pupil at Ignite, and then after having completed his training chose to join the team. He’s passionate about giving the next generation of children the same opportunities that he enjoyed, adapting his teaching style to fit around the unique learning styles of his mentees. Kyle gets to know students as individuals, and loves seeing apprentices grow into the best version of themselves they can possibly be.

Kyle is also part of the team that works with children who live with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and he’s committed to ensuring that children with SEND have access to opportunities to flourish, both academically and practically.

Justin Merritt, CEO of Ignite Training, said: “We’re very proud of Kyle and his nomination in this year’s Mentor of the Year award.

“Kyle is a talented and conscientious person, and we’re pleased his hard work has been recognised in this year. Best wishes to our partners Sporting Elite CIC too whose investment in apprenticeships not only supports their operation but also helps develop a fit and competent workforce for the future.”

Further information about this year’s Apprenticeship Guide Awards is available online by clicking here.

About Ignite Training

Established in 1999, Ignite’s primary aim is to actively inspire people, and to help create a sense of achievement for everyone. Based in Oxford and operating nationally, we provide a portfolio of training and services to individuals, schools and the sports industry, ranging from weekly clubs for tots to adult courses and apprenticeships.

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