YEOVIL COLLEGE CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL APPRENTICES WITH AWARDS
During National Apprenticeship Week, Yeovil College have formally recognised and celebrated 50 successful apprentices through their ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ Awards, including 39 front line Health and Social Care Apprentices who continue to work on the frontline via Yeovil District Hospital and in care environments.
Apprentices have been recognised in every curriculum area, including Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Construction, Health and Social Care, Business, IT, Hospitality, Creative Industries, Sport, Protective Services, Early Years, employed by a diverse range of local and regional employers, for their hard work, commitment and determination, despite operating, working and learning within the most difficult of circumstances.
Paul Sealey, Director of Employer Engagement, said: “It is important that we recognise the impact that the pandemic has played on apprentices and their ability to continue to work and learn. Many have seen disruption within their place of work, and some have seen colleagues experience redundancy, whilst across the board, we continue to have only a handful of displaced apprentices.
This week, we have celebrated the resilience, motivation and commitment that our apprentices continue to display, regardless of the working and learning environments around them. We want to take this opportunity during National Apprenticeship Week to thank each and every apprentice, their employers and their supporters; together we have worked exceptionally hard to ensure our young people have a positive future.”
Working with around 400 employers, Yeovil College have over 1,000 apprentices in training and education from South Somerset and North and West Dorset.
A selection of Yeovil College’s ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ Award winners
Joshua, who is a Level 2 Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprentice employed by Stuart Wiltshire Glass, has supported the business to keep orders progressing throughout the COVID outbreak, by helping re-fit the shop, expanding turnover and promoting products.
Joshua’s employer said: “It’s been a pleasure to have Joshua working with us. He is a lovely lad who always listens and wants to know exactly what I’m doing and why, he is always keen to learn the next job and we have to slow him down to take one step at a time.”
Business Administration Level 3 Apprentice Hayley Feeston, of Gregory Distribution Ltd, always strives to produce quality work. She has been consistent in the workplace, taking on additional responsibilities in the warehouse due to the increase in demand for services and has been recognised by her employer for her contribution during the pandemic.
Hayley said: “I am grateful for the opportunity that Gregory’s has afforded me with my Apprenticeship. I am humbled and grateful to have been selected for this award.”
Level 3 Business Apprentice, Eleanor House, returned to her former school of the Sir John Colfox Academy, to take up the position of their apprentice. Eleanor has continued to produce an exceptional standard of work despite the pressures of responding to the ever-changing school situation as the Academy responded to COVID-19 Government requirements. This includes supporting families who have struggled with IT facilities
Adam Shelley, Headteacher of Sir John ColFox, said: “We are so proud of Eleanor; she has been such a fantastic asset to the school. Her work is outstanding, and the award is well deserved. She is a role model for her peers. Eleanor’s enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to the school is exceptional and we are looking forward to her developing further with us over the next few years.”
Yeovil College Apprentice, Lucy Yard of Enhanced Children Services, is completing her level 4 Diploma in residential childcare and has been formally recognised as one of our Apprentice award winners. Lucy is massively ahead of her apprenticeship schedule and has been promoted to Deputy Manager at the Meadows in Radstock. Her commitment to her studies and work are well deserving of an award and recognition of her hard work.
Sarah Ambrose, of Enhanced Children Services, said: “She has recently been promoted to Deputy Manager and has proven to be an effective member of the Residential Care team and the organisation. She has a proven track record of getting positive results. This has been proven in her recent work and study towards her Level 3 Residential Childcare qualification, which she has almost completed and her determination to start her Level 5 Leadership & Management. She is a reflective practitioner and strives for the best for her team and the children and young people in her care. We are very proud of her.”