Meet October’s Apprentice of the Month
Although this award scheme is only in its third month, we have been over-run with nominations and are delighted to hear that our KT&A apprentices are achieving great things within businesses across the county.
The winner of October’s Apprentice of the Month is Stephanie Broom, an Administration Assistant who was nominated by Denise and Andy, her managers at KCC Democratic Services.
To present the award we visited the Admissions Appeals Team at Sessions House in Maidstone. Stephanie greeted us at the door in a very friendly and chatty manner. The team were delighted to welcome us into their open-plan office, and gathered for an informal awards ceremony just after lunch. It was clear that the whole team were proud of Stephanie’s achievements. Anthony Wegg, KT&A Partnership Manager made a short speech congratulating Stephanie and her colleagues, and trophies, certificates and prizes were awarded.
Afterwards we sat down to have a chat with Stephanie and her managers regarding apprenticeships. We asked Stephanie what interested her in an apprenticeship; Stephanie selected her apprenticeship because she knew she wanted to work for the local council and the job description was well suited to what she was looking for in her first role. This role also offered her the chance to work towards achieving her NVQ Level 2 Business Administration. Though she considered university, she knew she wanted to live at home and be in full-time work and was put off by the lengthy UCAS application process. Once Stephanie had had her interview for her apprenticeship she, was offered the job and began the following week!
We asked her what she enjoyed the most about her role. She said she enjoyed learning on the job, being part of a team and working with the public. She would like to stay on in the department for as long as she can and would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.
We were also able to have a chat with Andy and Denise, who said that as an apprentice Stephanie had exceeded expectations. Stephanie joined the schools admissions appeals team at the start of the main appeals season in March and was thrown straight in at the deep end. The team processes over 2,000 school admissions appeals within a busy three month period. Managers Andy and Denise nominated Stephanie as she rose to the challenge and hit the ground running.
Within a very short time Stephanie was fully involved in all aspects of processing appeal paperwork and dealing with a large number of phone calls from anxious parents in a professional but caring way, offering re-assurance and speaking with confidence when explaining the appeals process. During this busy period Stephanie has still met all of her NVQ, which is a great personal achievement.
Stephanie was keen, demonstrated the right skillset, had become a valuable member the team and a good ambassador for apprentices everywhere. They would encourage any business to take on an apprentice as they believed Stephanie is an excellent example of the important contribution that an apprentice can make to any team.
This award gives Stephanie and her team the recognition they deserve. From all of us here at Kent Training and Apprenticeships – congratulations to Stephanie and her team!
Do you want your apprentice to be recognised for all of their hard work? Nominate them today!