Cambridge Regional College student wins Apprentice of the Year accolade

Tuesday 13 November 2018

An apprentice from Cambridge Regional College (CRC) has achieved the title of Huntingdonshire Apprentice of the Year at the Hunts Posts Business Awards 2018.

Melanie Le-Fort is currently studying a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship at the College on behalf of her employer, Huntingdon District Council, as part of its staff development programme.

The Hunts Post Business Awards are an annual celebration of the region’s thriving businesses and inspirational people. Held at the Burgess Hall and hosted by BBC Look East presenter Stewart White, this year’s event saw 13 awards distributed.

Tina Spark WBL Manager, Business Services & Health and Social Care at Cambridge Regional College, nominated Melanie for the award because she has already exceeded expectations, passing the ICT Level 1 element of her apprenticeship and working towards Level 2 and shown full commitment to her qualification.

“Everybody at CRC is delighted for Melanie, she deserves this award as recognition for all her hard work and the example she has set. Melanie has taken full ownership of her apprenticeship and drives the qualification forward with an extremely positive attitude. Feedback from her managers is exemplary and she always receives very complimentary feedback from her colleagues on her attitude and the significant contribution she has made within her department,” said Tina.

On being named Huntingdonshire Apprentice of the Year, Melanie said: “I was expecting a good evening regardless of the outcome but winning the award feels amazing. When I first started back at work my manager left just four weeks into my role, so I had to train a temp and learn the job as I went along; as well as doing my apprenticeship and supporting my colleagues in my own administration role. This was a massive challenge to overcome, after having been out of work for four years with my two young children, and with very little experience in an office environment. I feel honoured to have been chosen as the winner for this award, however, I could not have won without the support of my colleagues and my college assessor Tina, who have been there every step of the way and helped shape me into the person I am today.”

The range of apprenticeships available via Cambridge Regional College, who were shortlisted themselves for a Business in the Community award, extends from Accounting, Business Administration and Marketing to Brickwork, Beauty Therapy, Information Technology and various types of Engineering. In total more than 30 specialist subjects are available across the spectrum of practical, vocational, professional and trade disciplines.

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