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About Awards

The FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to give the recognition employers and providers deserve.

The awards were founded in 2017 and are part of the FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference.

The Annual Apprenticeship Conference and AAC Apprenticeship Awards are owned and operated by Learning & Skills Events Consultancy and Training Limited. Registered in England and Wales. No. 7423341. VAT Number: 103586724 Registered address: Swaleside Grange, Green End, Asenby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 3Q.

Sharon Blyfield OBE

Sharon Blyfield OBE


Sharon has been in the business for 29 years in a variety of functions and roles. She joined the HR team 17 years ago, covering all elements of Supply Chain and now heads up the Early Careers agenda for Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) in Great Britain. Having spent the majority of her career developing young talent at the start of their careers, her current remit fits perfectly with her passion to create opportunities to support the next generation of young leaders. As part of her commitment, Sharon strives to work with strategic partners who challenge organisation’s approach to under representation of young people across all communities and works to create a level playing field in the recruitment process that might unconsciously deselect from those groups. Sharon’s dedication and commitment to CCEP’s apprenticeship programme has been recognised by CCEP’s leadership team, as well as her peers and apprentices alike. She has received praise for her outstanding leadership of the programme, which has continued to grow and expand in line with the business’ Early Careers agenda. As well as recognition from the leadership team, 2021 saw Sharon win the Forward Ladies Corporate Leader and the London Regional National Apprenticeship Champion awards and closed out the year with recognition in the Queen’s 2022 New Years’ honours list with an OBE for services to Apprenticeships and Skills.