More award success follows for our apprentice superstar Chloe Johnson as she is named as a regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Now in their 16th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the diverse and growing range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships. The awards celebrate employers who fire up their business with apprenticeships, outstanding apprentices who blaze their own trail, and individuals who champion apprenticeships with passion.
Chloe made it through a rigorous regional judging process and is a finalist in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category following her impressive work supporting people on unemployment, low skills, mental health, substance misuse and social isolation.
'The council has a really good scheme, which has enabled me to pursue a career I really enjoy'
Chloe said: "I'm delighted to have been shortlisted and it was a lovely surprise. I'm really proud of what I've achieved through my apprenticeship. The council has a really good scheme, which has enabled me to pursue a career I really enjoy."
Chloe is a care leaver and has done an incredible amount of work with children's services on support for children in care. She is passionate about making a difference to people's lives and develops trusted relationships, which enables her to support clients to change their behaviour. She has worked hard in her apprenticeship role alongside training for a health and social care NVQ.
Over the last 2 years we've created 132 new apprenticeship posts across the council and schools, with 98% of these posts going to borough residents.
'Chloe is such a fantastic role model and she has a really bright future ahead of her'
Councillor Kieran Heakin, portfolio holder for children's services, said: "We're so proud of Chloe and it's no surprise that she is getting even more recognition for her work, enthusiasm and professionalism. Chloe is such a fantastic role model and she has a really bright future ahead of her. We'll all be rooting for her in these awards."
This is the latest in a string of successes for Chloe during her time with us. She has already won the Rising Star award at the 2019 Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards, alongside being named Young Employee of the Year at our ACE awards in 2018.
If Chloe is successful in the regional finals she will make it through to the national finals, which are held in London later in 2019.
At the 2018 awards, our apprenticeship team won 2 awards in recognition for their hard work and success. Out of 1,200 entries, we were one of only 2 local authorities to make the finals and the team ran out worthy winners in both the Macro Employer of the Year and the Recruitment Excellence awards.