AWP celebrates National Apprenticeship
Week by winning awards
Wiltshire College has awarded AWP Employer of the Year in
recognition of the great support and training we offer apprentices
who work across our Trust and for our positive approach to working
Kerri Pearce was also awarded Management Apprentice of the Year
from Wiltshire College.
The Employer of the Year award recognises the work AWP does to
support apprenticeship training across a range of services.
Apprentices are well supported by their managers and are this is
now a key benefit of working for AWP and attracting new staff. The
citation read at the ceremoney said: "AWP has demonstrated a
high level of compassion and support for their apprentices and a
positive approach to working with the college's assessors, allowing
them to co-ordinate support effectively and deliver a holistic
approach to learning. AWP's forward thinking attitude towards the
development of apprenticeships and College participation has been
instrumental in creating and nurturing the conditions for their
success. They have instigated new processes to ensure that their
apprentices are supported by their managers and have set up termly
meetings with Wiltshire College to ensure the assessors are all
Learning and Development Team Leader Tony Westacott said: "We
are delighted to be recognised for developing vocational education
opportunities within the structure of apprenticeship programmes.
Successful working relationships have been firmly established with
education providers enabling staff within a number of job roles to
gain nationally recognised qualifications. This achievement would
not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of
those who have successfully completed their apprenticeships."
The award was presented during National Apprentice Week.
Separately, Beth Chivers (pictured) achieved an IT Application
Beth Chivers said: "The apprenticeship has been a worthwhile
challenge. There have been difficult times when I have felt I
couldn't complete this but I have got through it and there was a
massive relief when I finally received my certificates. I have
learnt a lot and extended my knowledge; with amazing support from
the rest of the team and my management team I was able to
successfully complete it. I am very proud to achieve this and
hopefully will improve my opportunities for promotion in the
Technical Services Manager Mark Bleaken said: "Seeing Beth's
development has been a privilege. We allocated time on a monthly
basis for her to study and spend time with her tutor. There have
been the usual dark times of not understanding a subject or how to
do the work required and we have provided the back up to get her
through it. She achieved it and has done extremely well."
AWP has had 34 full framework apprenticeship completions since
beginning apprenticeship sign ups in January 2014, and many more
due to successfully complete their apprenticeships shortly.