14 March 2017

Awards from Wiltshire College


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 with assessors.

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 involved."

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 Specialist Apprenticeship.

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 future."

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.


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