The cream of Hampshire County Council’s apprentices and trainees, as well as the staff who support them, took centre stage at Winchester’s Great Hall this month for the County Council’s fourth annual Apprenticeship Awards.
Award categories included Team of the Year, Mentorship, and a special Chairman’s Award, as well as awards for different levels of apprenticeship.
Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, presented one of the awards. He said: “All our nominees have been put forward by their colleagues who want them to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to excellence. Reading through the nomination papers, it strikes me that we are extremely lucky to have such a strong cohort of talented and dedicated apprentices working for Hampshire, and managers and mentors who make the effort to bring the best out of them.”
Councillor Stephen Reid, Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance, also presented an award. He said: “Whether they are young people just starting out on a public service career, or longstanding employees returning to education to learn new skills, our apprentices’ work ethic and motivation to make a difference is humbling. With staff like these, the future of service delivery in Hampshire is in safe hands.”
The winners were: Trainee of the Year: Adam Drysdale of Farnborough, Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Joe Moulding of Andover, Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Charlie Burden of Salisbury, Higher Apprentice of the Year: Joshua Saunders of Four Marks, Mentor of the Year: Gilbert Yates of Winchester, Team of the Year: Swanwick Lodge, Chairman’s Award: Daniel Card of Gosport.