Dearne Valley College Apprenticeship Awards 2016
As part of our celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week 2016, we asked our Apprenticeship employers across the region to nominate their Apprentices for a prestigious Dearne Valley College Apprenticeship Award! The College's Principal, Martin Harrison selected five Apprentices to win an award for their excellent efforts, hard work, dedication and achievements throughout their Apprenticeship and a winner was announced on the College's website and social media pages each day of National Apprenticeship Week! We awarded four Apprenticeship Award winners and an overall Apprentice of the Year for 2016. Read their winners' stories and see our winners' photo gallery below!
The winner of DVC ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award is
Jack Hopkinson of Jump Primary School!
Not only has Jack received a DVC Apprenticeship Award, but has also been awarded the prestigious ‘DVC Apprentice of the Year’ Award for fantastic commitment to his role by Dearne Valley College Principal, Martin Harrison!
Jack is described as an excellent role model to the children, who is eager to learn and develop his own practice whilst contributing fantastic ideas to the school. His employers say that Jack has a very ‘conscientious and caring nature’ and they often hear parents asking ‘Who is Mr Hopkinson’ having made such a positive impact on the children.
He displays an enthusiastic manner and unique commitment to the school, organising and managing sports events, running after-school sports clubs, supporting Supply Teachers and making links with local sports clubs to benefit the pupils and the school.
Jack’s employers say that he deserves the Apprentice of the Year award because he is an asset to their school, and constantly strives to achieve highly for the school, the staff and the pupils.
A huge congratulations to Jack!
Our fourth Apprenticeship Award winner of the week is
Emma Birks of Rosehill Junior School!
Emma’s employers at Rosehill Junior School describe her as an ‘excellent role model’ to the children.
As a Business Administration Apprentice, Emma began with duties in the office, supporting with filing documents, photocopying and general administration, but impressed her employers as she very quickly progressed by getting involved in much more within the school, including creating correspondence, maintaining the school’s website and supporting educational visits.
Her employers added: “Emma has proved to be very popular with pupils, and always seeks to do her very best, even suggesting when she thinks a task can be carried out more efficiently", and taking on duties that they wouldn’t have expect of her at this stage in her training.
Emma puts 100% effort into her work and studies, and always with a smile on her face. Her employers added that she is growing into a “confident Administration Assistant and would be a great asset to any business”. Congratulations to Emma!
Our third Apprenticeship Award winner of the week is
Matthew Clarke of D&I Window Solutions!
Matthew’s employer said he is a ‘real gem’ and a credit to parents, his Tutors and to the company, describing him as a shining example of how an Apprenticeship can work for a young person and for a business.
Since beginning at D&I Window Solutions as a Glass Fabrication Apprentice, his employers have been bowled over with Matthew’s eagerness to learn and his progression with the company, and he now adapts himself to work at a variety of stations within the business.
Thanks to his dedication and commitment to his work, Matthew is being trained to become the company’s only Quality Control Operative and will be given sole responsibility from the entire process – a fantastic achievement!
Our second Apprenticeship Award winner of the week is
Joshua Armstrong of the Rotherham Jag Centre!
Light Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice, Josh first worked with the Rotherham Jag Centre on a work placement, whilst on a full-time course at Dearne Valley College. The company was so impressed with Josh that they decided to offer him a full-time Apprenticeship. His employers say that he has demonstrated such responsibility, commitment and maturity, and has gained so much skill and knowledge already throughout his Apprenticeship, that they often forget that he is just 17.
Josh is involved in all aspects of the business, from finding faults, using diagnostic equipment and fixing faults, to greeting customers and making bookings, and works confidently to deadlines to ensure customers receive their car on time and are happy with the results.
His bosses said of the award: “Josh deserves this recognition for his outstanding performance for his age and experience” and added “we can already see the makings of a fantastic Motor Mechanic in Josh and we feel lucky to have such a responsible young man with us”.
Our first DVC Apprenticeship Award winner of the week is
Joseph Shirtliffe of Aspire PC Ltd!
Business Administration Apprentice, Joe was nominated by his employers at Aspire for going above and beyond what his job description suggests!
He has implemented new processes to benefit the business going forward, such as developing a method for projecting future business possibilities and presenting this at the Directors’ meetings, reviewing the company’s social media presence and writing a recommendations report, adapting his own communications skills to suit the clients that Aspire receives, and helping to plan and advertise events run by his employer.
Not only has Joe received a Dearne Valley College Apprenticeship Award for his hard work and dedication, but he has also successfully interviewed for a permanent role of Office Administrator at Aspire PC Limited, a true testament of his achievements throughout his Apprenticeship - Congratulations Joe!
DVC APPRENTICESHIP AWARD WINNERS' PHOTO GALLERY
If you'd like to start your Apprenticeship journey, take a look at our current Apprenticeship vacancies HERE, or call us on 01709 513147!