Ignite announced as finalists in three categories at Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

Posted on: 5th May 2022

Ignite Training has been shortlisted in three categories at the sixth annual Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards ceremony, which recognises achievements by apprentices and apprenticeship providers, will take place on Thursday, May 19, during a live, virtual, ceremony.

Ignite Training has been nominated for Apprenticeship Employer of the Year and School / College Engagement Employer, which celebrates those who have gone above and beyond to engage local students and inspire the next generation.

Also nominated on the evening is Tutor Kyle Bestley, who is one of three finalists in the Training Provider Individual Award. Nominees in this category are judged to have gone the extra mile to support and encourage apprentices by helping them realise their potential.

Our three nominations this year follow up from last year’s success, which saw General Manager Hannah Bladen and apprentice George James take home three awards between them.

Justin Merritt, Ignite CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be nominated for three great awards in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2022.

“To be shortlisted as finalists for the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year and School / College Engagement Employer highlights the hard work that goes on across the board at Ignite Training.

“These awards are fantastic at shedding a light on the hardworking and inspiring individuals and businesses across Oxfordshire. We are proud to be recognised in our efforts to help young people excel and develop through our apprenticeships.

“I would particularly like to congratulate Kyle Bestley on his nomination. In recent years, Kyle has worked his way up from apprentice to tutor and is a great role model to those he teaches.”

Kyle’s career pathway to Ignite Training started in 2015 when he enrolled onto Velocity Football – our sister company and full-time educational academy based at Oxford City FC.

He achieved top grades from the programme’s Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and used his education to work in the leisure and education sectors before joining our team.

He now delivers the Level 2 Community Activator Coach apprenticeship to a cohort of six.

He said: “Seeing Apprentices develop is really rewarding. I love being creative with the curriculum and delivering it in a flexible way to suit individual needs.

“I enjoy sharing my experience with the students and hopefully I can inspire them to be the best version of themselves. I’d like to wish everyone who has been nominated the very best of luck, I’m sure it will be a great evening.”

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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