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Student Kairo scoops top award at Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Awards

The prestigious Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Awards took place Thursday 7 March.

Joined by staff from SGS College and his employer, SGS mechanical engineering apprentice, Kairo Sidibeh, was delighted to scoop the Apprentice of the Year award in the engineering category.

Kairo, who works at Stroud Metal, is in his third year of a four-year apprenticeship programme. Kairo’s been steadily progressing his position within the company and has recently taken over management of the company's tool room and given responsibility to line manages five members of staff.

Reflecting on his success, Kairo said:

"Throughout my apprenticeship I have been given more opportunities than I could have imagined. I have made a huge amount of progress since starting at Stroud Metal. it’s great to have my hard work recognised."

Speaking about the award, SGS Assistant Principal Patrick Mcleod said:

"To see one of our apprentices receive an award in recognition of their hard work is fantastic. It also recognises the good relationships that we have with employers in Gloucestershire and the quality of our apprenticeship delivery."

The college also had another finalist in the same category, two finalists from Stroud District Council and another from the level 5 management group.

Business executive at SGS, Trudy Hillier, presented the Apprentice of the Year award and gave a closing speech, and Head of Sector for Workplace Learning, Sarah Stephens-Lewis, presented the Small Employer award.

The Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Awards are a celebration of the best and brightest young learners as well as the people who are helping them to succeed. The awards are a chance to give an outstanding apprentice a big pat on the back for their hard-earned achievements or thank a business for backing fresh talent.