Apprentice of the Year Award – Winner Shaw Austin Apprentice

The Winner of The High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise ‘Apprentice of the Year 2021/22’ was awarded to Shaw Austin apprentice, Aiden Melbourne. We are so proud of Aiden’s achievement.

Apprentice of the Year Award 2021/22 Presentation

The awards, in partnership with the University of Chester, were announced at a Presentation Ceremony hosted at Chester Business School on the evening of 7 April 2022.

Aiden Melbourne Apprentice of the Year 2021/22 Award
Aiden Melbourne receiving his Apprentice of the Year 2021/22 Award

Guest Speaker on the evening was Dr Gyles Brandreth who, famous for his writing and broadcasting, is also Chancellor of the University of Chester.

This was the 15th year of the awards which were introduced in 2006 to recognise outstanding achievements by enterprise in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.

It was said of Aiden in his nomination that ‘he has become a confident and capable apprentice who has become a first port of call for some clients with queries. Clients are recognising Aiden as a trusted advisor which shows how much he has achieved personally in a relatively short space of time.’

Gyles Brandreth spoke highly about the quality of the entrants and that the decision to shortlist and then to vote on a winner by the judges was challenging this year.

During the evening it was so interesting to hear about the nominees, and winners for the other categories, in this years awards.

All HSA Winners

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 Nominations

It was during National Apprenticeship Week 2022 we were pleased to hear that Aiden was on the shortlist for this prestigious award.

Each nominee recorded a short video that was played at the start of their award category. Nominee videos gave them the opportunity to speak about themselves.

Aiden said:

I am really excited to be put forward for this award. It means a lot that my employer and colleagues can see I am working hard and doing really well in work.

Apprentice of the Year nominee video by Aiden (click play to view)

At Shaw Austin we are proud of our training scheme that has started many new accounting apprentices off in their careers. Our apprentices normally train towards their AAT accounting qualification. This gives them a solid, rounded, experience within the profession to support our clients.


Since receiving his award:

The High Sheriff of Cheshire, Robert Mee DL, sent Aiden a personal message:

Congratulations Aiden, keep working hard and good luck in your career.

Aiden said:

It is with great pleasure to have won the High Sheriffs Apprentice of the year award. I feel that it can be seen by others that my hard work and commitment is paying off. It has made me feel really happy that the judges of this award are recognising this. This has given me great motivation to strive further in my career and I look forward to what the future brings.

Michael Robinson, a client portfolio manager at Shaw Austin, nominated Aiden for the award based on his outstanding commitment and development to date.

The support he gives to clients and other team members is of the highest standard. It was a joy to be with Aiden when the award was announced.

The High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise Event Video

A live stream happened on the night and Chester University have placed a full copy of the video on youtube. The video can be viewed here. The apprentice section begins at 34:06, which shows all the nominees and presentation. Well done to the other finalists in that category (Ben Edwards of Encirc and James Ellison of Essar Oil).

Congratulations from all the team At Shaw Austin to Aiden and all the other winners on the night. Well done to you all!

Shaw Austin is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants based in Chester supporting clients throughout the North West of England and Wales. We support the training of apprentices coming from school, right up to completion of higher level studies, including towards the ACCA qualification.

Article Published April 2022