Apprentices, mentors and employers from the hospitality, retail, passenger transport and travel industries have been recognised at the People 1st Apprenticeship Awards.

The winners were announced at an event held at the House of Commons, hosted by MP Mike Freer, who said: “These awards are crucial for the industry and I commend People 1st for this important initiative. I congratulate all the winners and wish them every success in their careers.”

Portsmouth Pubs was named small employer of the year, and Eleanor De Maria of catering and hospitality firm Compass Group UK won Hospitality Intermediate Apprentice of the Year; while Zoe Turnecliff, Hyatt Regency Birmingham was named as the Hospitality Advanced Apprentice of the Year.

The partnership between Hilton Worldwide and Lifetime Training was called the partnership of the year for mentoring and training.

Other winners included Josie Clarke, RAF Fire and Rescue Service and Tina Haden Williams, First West of England in the passenger transport apprentice of the year category; in the retail apprentice of the year category Jenna Lucy Unwin, The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop and Daniel Philips, Parkend Village Shop and the Postage Stamp Café were recognised/

Matthew Parsons, Woodland Grange was named mentor of the Year.

Simon Tarr, People 1st Managing Director, who co-hosted the event with Freer said: “Our research shows that our industries will have 2.8m job opportunities by 2022, with 600,000 skilled and management job vacancies. It therefore vital that we encourage people to enter and stay in the industry and apprenticeships are the best way to do this.”