Over 140 local businesses and apprentices from Trafford and Greater Manchester gathered at Trafford College’s Centre for Science and Technology on Tuesday 16 March to celebrate the College’s annual Business Training Awards.
The awards, which are sponsored by Intu Trafford Centre, celebrate the exceptional organisations that go the extra mile to give their workforce the edge, demonstrating how valuable investment in skills development really is.
The celebration saw over 50 awards presented to organisations and apprentices who have shown great commitment and dedication to training and development over the past year. A broad cross-section of industries was represented including business, sport, building services, hospitality and engineering to name but a few.
One of the apprentices celebrating her award for ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year in Supporting Teaching and Learning’ as well as being crowned ‘Overall Apprentice Winner’, was Lauren Blackett.
Lauren, 20, from Flixton, is currently an Apprentice Teaching Assistant with Holy Cross and All Saints RC Primary School. Having already gained experience in teaching through her voluntary coaching role at a local girl’s football team, as well as working with Trafford Leisure, she felt passionate about the world of teaching and decided that an apprenticeship in this field would be the best way to gain hands on experience, as well as the necessary qualifications.
She comments, “I was totally shocked when I heard I’d won the Apprentice of the Year award, but I really wasn’t expecting to win the Overall Apprentice of the Year award as well!
“I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to get experience in the teaching sector whilst gaining a qualification at the same time, and going to university just wasn’t an option I wanted to take. Since studying for my apprenticeship I have developed so much as a professional. I have picked up more skills than I ever could in the classroom.
“The tutors at Trafford College gave me all the support and guidance I needed when looking for my apprenticeship. They helped me develop my CV and practice for interviews. They have been amazing. I would definitely recommend studying as an Apprentice. Apprenticeships not only provide you with the work experience, but also help you gain an insight into a career path that is right for you.”
As well as scooping her awards, Lauren also walked away from the ceremony with £300 worth of vouchers from the award sponsors, Intu Trafford Centre.