We are very proud to sponsor the Special Recognition Award at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2018, which will be given to an Apprentice who has overcome barriers to work or learning to achieve within their Apprenticeship. Our three finalists were announced today (8th Feb).
Kayleigh Clark, Protyre
Apprentice Technician Kayleigh uses her knowledge and skills to carry out a variety of roles for Team Protyre. Her continued hard work has been rewarded with the opportunity to work overseas in the motorsport division alongside the Michelin and Pirelli racing teams. Kayleigh is a care leaver and has faced issues with mental health but refuses to let her childhood affect her future – she is in control.
Abigail Crawforth, Williams Grand Prix Engineering
Engineering Apprentice Abi hasn’t let dyslexia stand in her way. She is thriving within a fast paced and high-pressured environment, meeting ambitious targets. Abi’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are contagious and the quality of her work has gained her the respect of managers. She is a fantastic role model for young women, breaking down industry stereotypes and shining bright in a male dominated industry.
Alanta Hissey-Powell, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Apprentice Healthcare Assistant Alanta is well on the way to achieving her dream of becoming a nurse or midwife, having obtained her Care Certificate and secured a permanent role at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. Difficulties at home and mental ill health posed significant barriers to Alanta’s learning and academic achievement, which her honesty and determination have enabled her to overcome.
Congratulations to Kayleigh, Abi and Alanta and also to everyone who was nominated – we enjoyed reading all the applications, which showed just how valued all the Apprentices are. We had to make some tough decisions but we know you’ll agree, we’ve got some very deserving finalists here!
You’ll have to wait until 1st March to find out who the winner is, when it’s announced at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards at Blenheim Palace. Follow us on Twitter @apprenticetrain for all the latest on the Awards.