Billy Davies, a Business Administration Apprentice from South Staffordshire College has been shortlisted for ‘Trainee of the Year’ in the prestigious Tile Association Awards (TTA) 2016.
The awards recognise the brightest and best individuals from the industry, the most innovative new products and the sector’s best and most interesting projects. Trophies will be awarded in 17 categories with scores of finalists attending to see their contribution to the industry recognised.
Billy, who is working towards his Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship at South Staffordshire College is employed by Stafford Tiles and Flooring, where he began his apprenticeship in November 2014. Due to complete his qualification next month before progressing onto his Level 3 Advanced apprenticeship, this award nomination is the perfect way to recognise his hard work throughout his qualification.
During the course of his apprenticeship, Billy has been building his portfolio and working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. His employers, who have now offered Billy a permanent role with the business are delighted with his progress and say he “has been involved in all aspects of the company from building strong working relationships with key customers to redesigning their internal administrative systems. He is setting the bar for other trainees at Stafford Tiles & Flooring.”
Pete Davis, Director at Stafford Tiles and Flooring adds, “All the staff are delighted for Billy and he should be immensely proud of this accolade. The transformation he has undergone over the past year is just amazing; he has become an integral part of our team. It proves that the national apprenticeship scheme can be a fantastic success for both company and apprentice.”
Naturally, South Staffordshire College are also delighted that Billy has done so well during the course of his Apprenticeship and Business Assessor at the College, Jo Darnell says “Working alongside Billy over the last 12 months during the course of his apprenticeship has been an absolute pleasure. The commitment he has shown to the role has been truly exceptional and he has delivered some outstanding results for his employer, far exceeding his original targets. Billy’s achievement is even more impressive when taking into account the fact that alongside his apprenticeship, he has also completed an additional qualification in English, making an already busy schedule increasingly challenging. We’re all delighted that his hard work has been recognised in such a positive way and would like to congratulate him on his fantastic achievement.”
The latest achievement from a South Staffordshire College Apprentice, other awards have been flooding in over the past academic year. In 2015, Horticulture Apprentice Jack Byng, was awarded ‘Best Student 2015’ at the BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) awards, Construction Apprentice James Robinson scooped the Runner-up prize in the ‘Guild of Bricklayers’ competition and Business Administration Apprentice Megan Boards was recognised when she became one of just 12 to win an Apprenticeship recognition award.
News of Billy’s nomination couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, with National Apprenticeship Week having begun this Monday. To celebrate the annual event, the College are running a range of workshops and careers events that will see learners have the opportunity to explore their career choices with employers including the Staffordshire Police Force and G F Tomlinson. There are also a range of inspiring talks that focus on the benefits of becoming an apprentice.
From earning a salary while learning to gaining practical, industry relevant training as well as a qualification, Apprenticeships are the ideal way to start working towards the career you dream of. South Staffordshire College have seen a surge in Apprenticeships applications over the past 12 months. The college are now working alongside more businesses than ever to deliver opportunities in sectors including Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing, Land Based Technology and many more.
To find out more about why an apprenticeship could be right for you, call 0300 456 2424 or visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk
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