People 1st Apprenticeship Awards has announced this year’s two retail industry winners.

The awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices, employers, providers and mentors in the hospitality, passenger transport, retail and travel industries.

Jenna Lucy Unwin of The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop in Sheffield won Retail Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, while Daniel Philips of Parkend Village Shop and Postage Stamp Café in Gloucestershire won Retail Advanced Apprentice of the Year.

The winners were announced at an event held at the House of Commons and hosted by MP Mike Freer. “I congratulate all the winners and wish them every success in their careers,” he said.

Jenna, who finished her apprenticeship in September 2014 and now runs the store in Sheffield, said: “The award is the first thing I’ve ever won, I’m really proud, the whole event was so exciting.”

Daniel, who is two-thirds of the way through his course, said: “The apprenticeship has been hugely beneficial to me and has really helped to build my confidence.”

Lloyd Thomas, chair of the Retail Trailblazer, added: “The apprenticeship awards demonstrate there are no limits to what young people can achieve in this sector.”