Apprentice James is a National Heat Hero

Apprentice James is a National Heat Hero

An apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after receiving a national award for supporting local people struggling with energy bills.

Housing Customer Services Apprentice James Foster, who works for Wolverhampton Council, picked up a Heat Heroes Award from National Energy Action (NEA) and ScottishPower after going above and beyond to help people living in fuel poverty in their local community

The judges felt James has achieved a lot at just 18 years old and were impressed by his caring and helpful attitude.

He will be presented with his award at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 7 September.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “James goes from strength to strength in his role at the council.

“He clearly has the human touch with the public and he fully deserves this award.

“James is a shining example of what can be achieved through apprenticeships and he has clearly become a valued member of his team.”

Chris Hale, Head of Housing, added: “During his time at the council James has blossomed into a confident and capable officer.

“His communication and social skills have developed superbly, enabling him to provide excellent service to vulnerable clients including the elderly, those with serious health problems, the very young, and people with intellectual and other development disabilities.”

It is not the first time James has been recognised for his work, having been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Apprentice of the Year award in the Midland Area, in October.

He is well on his way to completing his NVQ level 3 in Customer Services having already got the level 2 qualification under his belt.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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