15 Mar Alison writes – Amazing news!
I was named Apprentice of the Year Runner Up just six months into the programme…
Yes I really was!
One of the most recognised training providers in West Sussex, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (GBMet) held their annual ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards last Wednesday. The awards gives both apprentices and employers the chance to nominate each other to earn the title of either apprentice or employer of the year.
Although I was aware of these awards and had considered nominating my employers, I didn’t think much more of it until Monday. The day our Director, Kelly O’Haire, received a call to say that I’d come second in the annual competition! The news was a complete surprise as I didn’t even know that Kelly had entered me into the awards.
Later, Kelly told me that she’d entered me in at the last minute. Sending an email to Anna Field, the recruitment manager, as the form on the website hadn’t worked. It had all happened so quickly I had been entered, we had been told I’d come second and we attended the awards presentation, all within a week.
We were invited to the presentation at the GBMet Durrington campus. Upon arrival, there was a chance to grab a tea or coffee and a bite to eat before Anna Field began to present the awards.
I was first to be called up and gladly shook hands with Helena Thomas (no relation!), acting principal of GBMet before getting my photo taken with both Kelly, my employer and Helena. I later found out that I’d been up against over 25 other talented and worthy apprentices!
Myself, Kelly and Martin Bloomfield, my other Director at Seaside Creative were interviewed by a member of the GBMet marketing department. She asked us a variety of questions from why I applied for an apprenticeship in the first place to what advice I’d give to people considering an apprenticeship. The questions had definitely put me on the spot but hopefully I answered them well and I’ll appear in the local paper!
Being titled ‘Apprentice of the Year Runner Up’ after just six months of enrolment at the college is surreal. Especially when I look back at where I was just 8 months prior to joining the Seaside Creative team. I was so lost with what I wanted to do and after a ‘shot-in-the-dark’ week of work experience in Brighton, deciding to get an apprenticeship in that same field was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Everything has moved at lightning speed since becoming an apprentice and there’s no sign of it slowing down any time soon.
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