Angela named as South West Durham’s top apprentice

March 30, 2011 | Community News

A combination of hard work, dedication and academic achievement has led to a Durham administrator being named the county’s top trainee apprentice.  

Angela Piper, who works for the County Durham-based Banks Group, has been chosen as trainee apprentice of the year for 2010 by South West Durham Training (SWDT).

After originally working as a cleaner at Banks’ Thrislington offices, Angela, who lives in Darlington, joined the company as an administration assistant in 2007 before moving onto an apprenticeship programme during the following year.

She earned her NVQ Level Two in Administration, and has studied successfully for her NVQ Level Three in the same subject over the last year through a combination of academic learning and workplace training, undertaken as part of her work in the operations team in Banks’ plant workshop based at Thrislington near West Cornforth.

Jacqui Sprott, the SWDT assessor who worked closely with Angela as part of her training, adds: “Angela has shown real tenacity and commitment in achieving her Level Three qualification – she went well over and above the level of work she was required to do, and thoroughly deserves the recognition that this award gives her.

“Her academic work has given her a greater understanding of her role, and of why and how the work she’s undertaking fits into the overall objectives of her department, which is something that can only benefit both her as a person and her employers.”

Freda Styles, Banks’ plant director, says: “We go to great lengths to encourage our employees to get the personal development support they need to develop their careers, through both on-the-job training, vocational qualifications and academic learning.

“Angela sets a great example of how taking advantage of these opportunities can make a real difference to your career, and we’re very proud of her achievements.”

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