Apprentice of the Month - June 2016

Written on: 13 July 2016

Written by: Amanda McCombie


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There were some great nominations last month. The reason we run Apprentice of the Month is celebrate the success of the apprentices. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the employers that took the time to nominate.

Congratulations to Jake Bird, who is a Software Development Apprentice at Baltic Training's head office. He is a fantastic mentor and dedicated to learning. He will be receiving £50 in Love To Shop vouchers as well as some headphones from our friends over at Lindy Electronics. Great job! :)

"Jake is a level 4 apprentice who approaches his work with maturity, confidence and commitment that is beyond his years. No task is too much trouble and all work is completed to a high standard within the timescales set. He is reliable and can be trusted to work on his own initiative and lead tasks when working collaboratively.

One area in particular that has really impressed me is how he has handled supervising Alex. Jake takes the time to fully explain any tasks he sets and ensures Alex understands what is expected of him; if Alex requires further support or gets to a point where he requires assistance Jake is there to offer solutions and often provides Alex with guidance and/or the tools to resolve the issue himself following Jake’s advice. Alex responds well to Jake and his style of guidance and Jake in turn handles Alex in a friendly manner while maintaining professionalism.

This above has been prevalent while Jake and Alex have been busy developing stand-alone apps that will eventually work in tandem with a new data management system that the department are having developed. Jake has been able to take a very short project brief and transform this in to three working applications by using Alex and supporting him in their creation. They have worked very well collaboratively with Jake the driving force behind Alex’s developmental skills; keeping him focused, on track and providing positive and constructive feedback throughout the process.

As well as creating the applications Jake, on a day-to-day basis, marks the level 2&3 Software Development assignments to a consistently high standard following the processes and procedures the department has set out and ensures quality is present throughout his work. On occasion some of Jake’s marking has been appealed by learners and upon investigation it has been found that Jake was correct in awarding the grades he did which further strengthens the quality of his work and shows his knowledge of the standards he is working to as a marker.

In addition to the points stated Jake has attended two of his level courses (400/401 and 402) for which he gained 2 distinctions for the 400/401 and is awaiting the grade for his 402, though I would be confident he will gain a distinction in this too. His assessor always praises his work and sees the same qualities as I do. Jake is a trustworthy and hard-working apprentice who is always willing to learn and take on new tasks and projects as they are presented to him.

Recently I was on annual leave and left Jake work to be completing and upon my return all work set had been completed as well as some additional work. A final example of his willingness to learn and help was a recent meeting we had to discuss the development of an intranet; Jake has never developed an intranet before but he has eagerly set about researching what we need and is due to hand in a plan of the initial stages this week."

- John Parkin, Training Manager.

We would also like to say a big thank you to everybody else that was nominated. Please see below for the other nominations.

Luke from Ricoh - "Luke joined Ricoh as an apprentice in August 2016. Since joining us he has grown in both his knowledge and his confidence. Since April 2016, Luke has been operating as a fully independant Field Serice Technician. I'm so impressed with his abilities and attitude that I have recently asked Luke to take on the role of Primary Technican for the service and repair of Desktop printers within the Cheshire/Derbyshire areas. Within Ricoh Luke is often used as an example of what an apprentice can achieve. Always willing to learn and take on the responsibilities. An exemplary team player, he's always willing to do what is needed to help. Luke is a credit to Baltic and himself."  - David Andrews

Ashleigh from SCC - "Ashleigh started with SCC a few months ago. From day one he has embraced his role responsibilities. We show Ashleigh how to accomplish repairs to broken IT equipment , he masters techniques and he gets on with it and can be relied upon to repair our customers equipment to high standards. Ashleigh also recently attended external training via Baltic (A+) and he has passed this with Distinction - A big well done to Ashleigh for his effort so far through his programme." - Mandy Groutage.

Joel from Campion School - "Joel has been a superb IT technician. He has taken the course very seriously and has got a distinction in all of his courses. He is always cheerful and happy to help. He has now secured a full time technician post at the school." - Steve Bolsover


If you would like to be nominated for Apprentice of the Month simply ask your line manager/mentor to send the following across to

  • Name of Nomination
  • Date
  • Company name
  • Reason for nomination

The winning nomination will be posted on our website. The deadline for submissions is the 31st of July.

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