Apprentice of the Month - June 2021

Written on: 30 June 2021

Written by: Millie Bradley

Topic

[Employers, Apprentices]

Summer is upon us, Euro 2020 is underway and our Apprentice of the Month Award returns. As usual, our learners have excelled in their roles making the competition as tough as ever.

This June, we received a number of incredible nominations from our employers, highlighting how our apprentices continue to reach new heights. However, only one nominee can score to be our Apprentice of the Month!

At Baltic, we love hearing about our learner's achievements and we hope you do too - so let’s get started…

Apprentice of the Month:

This month’s winner is James Tate, a Level 3 Data Technician apprentice at connective3. James was nominated by Technical and Insights Director, Alan Ng, who gave us an insight into the impact James has made since joining the team:

“James has done brilliantly since he started with us over 3 months ago. He’s always eager to offer his assistance to any project and has shown a real desire and drive to self-learn, he is consistently earning praise for his contribution to projects."

Every industry has its challenges, and the digital sector is no exception. Alan shared how James is excelling in his role:

“Working at a Digital Marketing agency can be a fast-paced environment, requiring quick adaption to changing client needs by the day – James appears to thrive in this environment, adapting to the pace and needs as required, he’s a real team player and we’ve all been impressed by his attitude.”

Starting an apprenticeship in the midst of a pandemic comes with its challenges. Alan shared how James has gone above and beyond during this period:

“He has shown real commitment to his work. Working in the office when necessary (socially distanced of course) - even when there are only one or two colleagues around. On days that he is in the office, he’s most likely the last one out… almost to the point where he’s being told that he has to leave!

“I’m glad that James is enjoying learning and growing his skillset with us. I can wholeheartedly recommend him for the award – he’s a trooper!"

Congratulations James, we look forward to seeing what you achieve next!

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STAND OUT NOMINEES:

This month, we received another 6 incredible nominations from our employers – and we want to shout about them! From Digital Marketers to Data Technicians, all our apprentices continue to blow us away with their achievements. Check out the highlights of all nominations below:

MIA SIMPSON, OES GROUP

“Mia has flourished during a challenging first year at OES and on her apprenticeship scheme.  She is proactive and never afraid to dive into situations that may present new technical concepts and problems.  As well as helping out with social media posts for our Guyana office, she is now a key asset to the IT support team, supporting users who work remotely and from our offices based across the globe.

“I am very confident that she will excel in the second year of her apprenticeship studying Cyber Security and will become an even greater asset to OES in the future. Being nominated apprentice of the week certainly proves she is on the right track!

“Even though we aren’t working from the office full time just yet, Mia is always punctual and brings a smile along with her.  She is a delight to work alongside and very easy to get on with and has integrated into the OES team with ease.”

JAMIE COTTOM, TECHEDIA 

“Recently Jamie received the Apprentice of the Month internal to Techedia. His attitudes have vastly improved over the past couple of months and he’s proving to have a real knack for customer service and the ability to communicate with clients of any level.

“He has also been commended by clients and staff alike for his attitudes to work and the aptness to get a job done quickly and efficiently.

“Jamie has really grown into the shoes of a member of our support staff and is really pushing his ability to learn new things on his endeavour to become a full-time, fully-fledged Proclaim developer.

“It’s clear that Jamie’s head is in the right place, having a good balance between his apprenticeship and the workplace is having a really positive impact on Jamie as a whole. I have no doubts that by the end of the apprenticeship, Jamie will have settled into his role fully, armed with a high-level skill set and great customer service, making him a great fit for Techedia.”

niall ellis, grange fencing

“Niall has proven to be an invaluable member of the team, his capability of learning quickly has enabled him to make excellent progress such as learning JavaScript from scratch in the past month alone.

“Just 5 months after Niall started, I gave him his own project to manage. From the moment he took on the project, he’s been self-sufficient, managing his time well, adding new features, and extending its use case at a rapid rate. He has shown great project management skills as well as creating great documentation for the project - both user and technical.

“Niall has been instrumental in the project’s success, despite not initially creating it. This piece of software now supports a total of 546 of the companies’ customers, speeding up the processing of orders for them. Recently, he has achieved apprentice of the week on two consecutive week courses – his hard work is clearly paying off!”

DAVID WALSH, VOLTSPORT

“David joined Voltsport last year and he's been an asset to us navigating the tricky world of social media and marketing - and pitching it all in the right way.

“We've seen much success with our campaigns and we have been so impressed with his attitude towards facing new challenges no matter how outside of his comfort zone they have been. We have now launched a brand new website that looks amazing with all new photos and videos… so thank you David!”

FRANCESCA VASEYS, CLEVELAND CONTAINERS 

“This month she has gone well and truly above our expectations, and we are all immensely proud of her.

“Fran manages our live chat platform and is always so responsive. Recently, we have had an increasing amount of inquiries. Fran has to take all the challenges, such as customers asking difficult questions that she may not know the answer to, and has demonstrated her strong intuitive skill.

Fran has exceeded our usual expectations for her role by keeping on top of all the website content in the past month, really helping our marketing team as we adapt to the restructuring of the business.

“Fran has come a long in the time that I have worked here, it’s great to see how much her confidence has grown. Her resilience to all the challenges that she has faced and overcome recently have made her an asset to our organisation – we are so pleased to have Fran on board.”

victoria batley, north west ambulance service NHS trust 

“This month Victoria went above and beyond her role and delivered a pilot training course, in order to test the usability of the ambulance sector toolkit.

“The toolkit was designed by myself and The Carbon Literacy project, the aim was to create an ‘off the shelf’ training solution to engage and educate people working within the ambulance sector on climate change, but also to empower them to take action within their personal and professional lives.

“Victoria had just weeks to learn the content, having never seen anything similar to it before, she put a lot of time and energy into ensuring that she could confidently deliver the materials to a test group.

“In the middle of June, she did just that, the training was delivered flawlessly and our learners left feeling inspired to take action.

“This has given our team the confidence and flexibility to alternate who delivers the training in the future and build resilience into our delivery program.”

NOMINATE YOUR APPRENTICE 

If you've got a Baltic Apprentice who deserves some recognition, we'd love to share their story!

Please send your nomination (around 200 words) to nominations@balticapprenticeships.com

Nominations are open until the 23rd of each month. Any nominations we receive after this date will be considered for the next award.

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