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County Training Apprentice Wins Upskill Shropshire Apprentice of the Year Award

County Training apprentice Lorelei Damasco has been named Apprentice of the Year at the Upskill Shropshire Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Lorelei received her award at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on the 12th November, following a competitive voting period which measured Shropshire Council apprentices on their commitment, contribution and the difference they made to the future success of the council.

Lorelei, who is on a Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce Apprenticeship, said “being nominated and winning this award has made feel proud, motivated and enthusiastic to keep doing what I do. This is because I’ve always doubted and undervalued myself..."

Lorelei went on to say “County training have supported and guided me every step of the way… and my tutor (Helen Steed) has helped me fit my course into my role as a Leaving Care Ambassador and has helped me look at my course from a different angle. If ever I’m in doubt or unsure about anything, I have been able to approach Helen with confidence.”

Lorelei was nominated for the award by her manager Tracie Watson, who felt that she had excelled in her apprenticeship and commented “Since starting her role in August 2018, I have been hugely impressed with Lorelei’s commitment to the role and the range of skills that she has brought to the post and winning the Apprentice of the Year award is testament to this”

Three other apprentices, Leanne Thompson (Level 3 Accounting), Leanne Lilwall (Level 2 Business Administration) and Alex Morris (Level 3 Construction Technical and Professional: Construction Contracting Operations) were also presented with runner up awards at the ceremony, where the achievements of learners across all key departments such as HR, Adult Services and Property Services were celebrated.

Graduate/Apprenticeship Manager Kate MacDonald said “Upskill Shropshire are delighted to have hosted the first Shropshire Council Apprenticeship Celebration Event and Awards Ceremony. We’re delighted with the number of attendees who came to celebrate the success of our graduating apprentices and our first ever Apprentice of the Year.”

Kate MacDonald went on to say “Feedback from the event has been very positive and was a fantastic opportunity to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. We hope to host another event next year for our next Apprentice graduates and future award nominees.”


Date: 20/11/2019