Kent staff scoop apprenticeship awards
Two of our staff members from Kent South were recognised as part of National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March) and awarded for their extra effort and commitment in working towards their QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) Awards.
Ross Barnes won the Health and Social Care Award, and Tracey Castle won the Intermediate Apprenticeship Award.
The awards which were presented by the apprenticeship scheme provider Social Enterprise Kent are designed for apprentices who have gone above and beyond when working towards their relevant qualifications.
Both Tracey and Ross are overcoming learning barriers in order to achieve their goal of completing their QCF Award.
Ross said: “This is an outstanding success story for me and Hft. I have struggled with dyslexia but have continued with the QCF Award qualification even though just a few weeks ago I wanted to throw in the towel. After an in-depth conversation between myself and my manager, my confidence was restored and resulted in my nomination and winning.”
Tracey said: “I can’t believe that I was nominated and won this award. It’s a major achievement and boosted my confidence, which continues to grow every day since I started working for Hft.”
Ross and Tracey attended the awards ceremony on 13 March where they were presented with their certificates in front of many other companies and organisations which are offering apprenticeships in Kent, and Hft was the only organisation to be represented by two winners.
These certificates are only the beginning for Ross and Tracey, who should complete their QCF Award learning in August.
Nicola Bonfield and Susan Mifsud who line manage Ross and Tracey were keen to acknowledge their efforts: “We are delighted that Ross and Tracey have won these awards and have been recognised as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Their commitment and dedication is important to our whole organisation – they are an asset to our teams, and they make us all very proud of what we can achieve together.”