Toby Crabtree wins City & Guilds Lion Award

One of NLTG’s Apprentice learners, Toby Crabtree, won Apprentice of the Year at this year’s City & Guilds Lion Awards ceremony, held on 15th June 2017.

City & Guilds Lion Award


Exceptional learners and tutors were honoured for their outstanding achievements in professional and technical education at the ceremony, which dates back more than 100 years and is dubbed the ‘Oscars of Skills Education’.

London’s iconic Kensington Roof Gardens was the setting for the prestigious ceremony.  Individuals are recognised for “overcoming significant challenges” to achieve their goals and lecturers recognised for “going the extra mile” to help their students achieve.

BBC Breakfast and Celebrity MasterChef presenter Louise Minchin and managing director at City & Guilds Kirstie Donnelly, hosted the City & Guilds Lion Awards ceremony.

Ms Donnelly said the “talent and commitment” shown by every one of this year’s nominees and winners in reaching for their goals “reflects exactly what the Lion Awards is all about”.

“We, at City & Guilds, are honoured to have been a part of their journeys. We are delighted to have this opportunity to mark their achievements.”


Toby Crabtree from North Lancs Training Group, in Accrington, took home the award for Apprentice of the Year.

City & Guilds Lion Award Winner Toby Crabtree

Toby (centre) with his Father (left) and nominator and tutor Charlotte Yeadon (right) at NLTG’s Medals for Excellence presentation.

City & Guilds said Toby, who studied a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Management, is classed as a “valued employee” at Mi-Flues, a manufacturer and distributor of flues and chimney installation parts, where he worked his way up to warehouse manager in just eight years. Using skills he developed during his Apprenticeship, Toby’s impressive management of his own warehouse led to management asking him to apply his systems to their other branches. Under his highly efficient supervision and the use of his very own handbook – ‘King Toby’s Bumper Book’ – Toby ensures his team keep everything running smoothly in his absence.

This is the 4th year in a row that a learner from North Lancs Training Group has won the Apprentice of the Year City & Guilds Lion Award.

2014 – Tyler Mack
2015 – Polaris Dyas
2016 – India Ratcliffe
2017 – Toby Crabtree

North Lancs Training Group were also shortlisted for the City & Guilds Lion Award for UK Centre of the Year.

Congratulations to all the winners.

References – FE week and City & Guilds awards brochure.