Grow Somerset Talent- The Somerset Apprenticeship Awards
Somerset Skills & Learning, along with six other Training Providers, Somerset County Council, National Apprenticeship Service, Rupert Cox from Somerset Chamber of Commerce and other key Somerset business leaders celebrated the success of the Grow Somerset Talent – Watch Your Business Grow campaign at a Somerset Apprenticeship Awards evening held at The Holiday Inn on the 14th March 2013.
The nominees were
- Katy Hill and Lucie Oaten – Reaching Potential,
- Katy Haines and Elliot Watts – Advanced Apprentice of the Year
- The Lawns Nursery – Micro Employer; and
- Matrix Solutions Medium Sized Employer.
The nominees are pictured with their certificates. The Grow Somerset Talent is the third in a series of campaigns which has seen a total of 1500 apprenticeships created since 2010.
After successfully gaining employment with Yarlington Housing group Elliot began his apprenticeship in October 2012. Since then he has worked in various departments of the business and is now a mentor for two new apprentices. He has recently completed his intermediate apprenticeship and now has a firm career plan and is progressing onto an advance apprenticeship in a customer service role.
‘He’s an absolute pleasure to work with and undoubtly has an amazing career ahead of him’
Katy works in the head office alongside six apprentices and 300 other colleagues. Her job role is varied working in finance and development. In addition to her apprenticeship Katy has been involved in a community challenge ‘Yarlington Skip it Days’. Like Elliott, Katy has now completed her Intermediate Apprenticeship and has progresses onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
‘She is incredibly driven and is happy to do whatever is needed to reach her long term goals’
Lucie has achieved a lot during her time with SS&L and Matrix providing support to the contract managers and other staff in the business. She has a key responsibility to mange the subcontractor’s database, a top priority for her on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Lucie is not only committed to achieving her apprenticeship but to a long term career in Business administration with Matrix.
‘With her determination and willpower she will have an amazing career.’
Katy started her work based career and learning route with us on the LEAP programme to support and inform her career choice. She successfully secured an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration with SS&L. Her commitment and contribution to the business has always been positive and her customer service skills, methodical approach and her ability to work well within a team has ensured a successful completion of her apprenticeship and a successful progression into self employment within a family run business.
‘A very popular team member, Katy has a quiet confidence, which she shows as she relates to other staff and clients’
The Somerset Skills & Learning, ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ award has been presented to Pepper Gibbs in recognition of her work ethic, reliability, self motivation and can do attitude.
Judith Nealon, Assessor with Somerset Skills & Learning said; “Pepper is energetic and enthusiastic, polite and friendly in her work, she has thrown herself into her apprenticeship and has gone to great lengths to reach a high standard”.
The ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award was presented to Ann Marie Hervey by Dave Watson, Senior Manager, Somerset Skills & Learning.
1610 Manager Carole Morley, who nominated Ann said; “ Annie as she is know to staff here has proven to be a fantastic role model and is respected by all her colleagues at 1610 for her professionalism and positive attitude”.
For more information on how to become an apprentice call: 01278 426828 or email SS&LEnquiries@somerset.gov.uk