They may just setting be out on their journeys into the world of work but already these Buckinghamshire County Council apprentices are shining bright and yesterday their efforts and achievements were recognised in a celebration event at County Hall.
The winning apprentices work across all sections of the county council gaining skills and experience to set them up for their future careers as they take part in the council-run New Talent Apprenticeship Programme.
The celebration event is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the young people over the past 12 months in a fun and relaxed way.
Awards went to six apprentices ranging from the most likely to be Chief Executive in the future (which went to Sophia Brannan) to the Caffeine Award which was awarded to Chloe Nicholas for her endless energy and enthusiasm.
For the first time this year the apprentices were also able to nominate their managers for a Good Practice Award. Award certificates were handed out by Chairman Patricia Birchley and Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin.
Speaking after the event Tricia said: “We are truly blessed to have such a talented and dynamic group of apprentices working with us across the council. Their energy and enthusiasm for the job is a joy to see and we are delighted to be able to play our part in helping them to gain new skills and experience to setthem off on their careers.”
Rachael added: “Everyone is a winner with an apprenticeship scheme which is why we have expanded ours over recent years. As an organisation we benefit greatly from this pool of new talent and the apprentices gain invaluable experience in the world of work.
“Many of our former apprentices find permanent jobs within the council and others go on to forge successful careers elsewhere. We would strongly encourage other employers in the area who don’t yet have an apprenticeship scheme to find out more and see what you can gain.”