Laura B&W

Laura Bentley, 18, was crowned Business Administration Apprentice of the Year at Riverside and Cronton College.

Laura is currently based at Dow Schofield Watts and is one of 68 students at Riverside College in the Business Admin Apprenticeship curriculum.

Awards were presented on the night by senior college staff and guests who included The Worshipful the Mayor of Halton, Councillor Ged Philbin, the Mayoress, Ms Rosalin Wong, Chair of College Governors, Alan Bennett and College Governor, Councillor Tony McDermott.

Almost sixty awards were presented on the evening, celebrating the outstanding achievements of apprentices.

Laura was nominated for her commitment, reliability and motivation towards her work within college and in the workplace environment.

She said: “Deciding to do an apprenticeship is one of the best decisions I have made since leaving school. I value and enjoy the fact that I am gaining experience in the workplace and studying to receive my qualifications at the same time. I enjoy working at Dow Schofield Watts and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

Philip Price, Partner of Dow Schofield Watts added “When we decided as a firm to try and help local students through the Apprenticeship Scheme, we didn’t know what to expect. What we have gained with Laura is an outstanding student, keen to learn and develop, and a key member of our team, contributing to the development of our whole business.”