Two apprentices from West London College have been shortlisted in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category at the West London Business Awards 2023.  The apprentices are: Joshua Lovell, a Plasterer Apprentice Level 2, and former Carpentry Apprentice Level 3 Filip Amanovic, who has now completed his apprenticeship.

Joshua Lovell has worked for Woodlands Commercial, for the last six years. Joshua took part in CITB’s SkillBuild in Bristol in June 2022 and won his heat.  His success at SkillBuild qualified him to compete at the National Finals at Edinburgh College in November 2022.  Joshua said: “I competed in two national skills contests last year and now I am shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year.  All of this will look great on my CV and help me to succeed in setting up my own business.”

Filip Amanovic works as a carpenter for FIS Member, interior fit-out contractor EE Smith Contracts. Filip has now successfully completed his apprenticeship. Filip’s tutor, Chris Larkin says: “Even as an apprentice, Filip’s level of skill meant that his employer would utilise his ability by getting him to demonstrate and train carpenters that were already fully qualified.” Filip says: “I can’t believe I’ve been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year.  It feels great.

“My apprenticeship was a really good experience and I was able to enjoy it, taking the time I needed to learn my trade.”

Daljit Bains, West London College Director of Business Development & Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that Joshua and Filip have both been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the West London Business Awards, which highlights the excellent quality in apprenticeships that we offer at West London College.”

West London College has won the WLBA ‘Education and Training Provider of the Year’ award twice in recent years.  In 2020, the College won the Award for an innovative inclusive apprenticeship scheme, which places apprentices with learning difficulties into employment.  In 2022, the College won the Award for its role in the West London Hub of the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA).