THE APPRENTICE of the Year award went to Alexandra Robinson, who captured the hearts of the audience - even later scooping the ultimate Winner of Winners award.

Alex, who is an administrator of Thornton Primary School and also works at a Co-op two days a week, impressed the crowd with her commitment, dedication and hard work.

A mother of two children, Alex also overcame a struggle with MS, which she was diagnosed with in 2019.

Speaking after picking up the Apprentice of the Year award, she said: “I’m just overwhelmed to have won.

“Like I said from the start, I’m just doing my job - I don’t see it as anything more.

“There were others who would have also been worthy winners, but I’m also so pleased and it’s so nice to work for such a fantastic company.

“They put me through the apprenticeship and rewarded me, which is just brilliant.

“Bradford College has also been amazing in the support they have given me - I’m just thrilled.

“I just think my work gives you focus and helps you to keep going.

“I’m well known in Thornton, I’m almost like a local celebrity! But I’m just a normal person who you see every day.

“We have a real sense of community here. The school itself is just brilliant, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The two other apprentices who were in the running for this award were Atheeya Mohmin and Bradley Stevens.

20-year-old Atheeya is an apprentice at MyLahore, where she works in a business admin role.

After being nominated, she said: “When I left uni, I didn’t know what to do and I felt a bit stuck.

“When I found this, it gave me more stability. Now I know what I want to do in the future - before, I didn’t have a clue.”

Bradley is a business administrator/support account manager at ACS Group, based in Baildon.

He has ambitions to progress further within the company and hopes to be a contract manager one day.

After his nomination, he said: “We work hard, there are lots of treats but at the end of the day, you work hard and play hard.

“I chose ACS Group and Bradford College because they gave me a gateway to progress and develop my career, and gain the skills I need.”