The determination, talent and commitment of top apprentices were praised in Dorset’s first Apprentice of the Year Awards
A 12-strong shortlist of finalists attended the county’s inaugural Apprentice of the Year Awards this month. The winners were:
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Ellie Edmonds
(ABP Food Group, Yetminster)
HR co-ordinator Ellie is taking an apprenticeship in business administration. She runs the Youth Ambassadors of ABP across the company to help make the industry more appealing and accessible to young people aged 16 to 24. She is also the southern England regional leader for the company’s new female talent community called ABP SHE.
Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Cameron Hearn (Frettens Solicitors)
Cameron is a digital marketing apprentice and has made a tangible difference to Frettens Solicitors through digital content and social media. His efforts have attracted new visitors to the company’s website and social media and led to tens of thousands of pounds in new revenue.
Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year: Rebecca Buck (Dorset Council) Rebecca Buck is Dorset Council’s first solicitor apprentice. She juggles her job and training with family life with her two young children.
The apprenticeship route has given Rebecca the opportunity to continue to work while studying, without facing university fees. She has a study day a week and then fits the rest into evenings after her children are in bed.
Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “Ellie, Cameron and Rebecca were all very worthy winners who have all demonstrated exceptional determination, talent and commitment to succeed.