CT Apprentice Shortlisted for Yorkshire and Humber Apprentice of the Year

Calderdale Training apprentice Joshua Bates has fought off tough competition to be shortlisted to the regional final of the National Apprentice of the Year.

Josh recently successfully completed his Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship through Calderdale Training and he works supporting both the Marketing and Business Development Teams at Calderdale College. His role as an apprentice started by supporting team colleagues, data inputting, booking photography and being a point of contact. During his apprenticeship his role has developed into finance support, updating websites and student information points, event support, plus promoting the College’s apprenticeships.

On finding out he had been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year Josh commented “I am proud to be shortlisted for Yorkshire and Humber apprentice of the year. I achieved a lot during my apprenticeship, passing my exams, studying hard and learning new skills plus increasing my confidence. I have taken on additional responsibilities which I would not have had the confidence to do at the start and developed the skills to complete them successfully.”

Josh’s nomination was supported by his manager Michael Ainsworth who commented “Since Josh started his apprenticeship with us he has consistently worked hard and taken on new challenges. He has learnt new skills on his course and through his apprenticeship and has brought this to the large and diverse tasks he completes on a regular basis. Indeed it was due in part to the skills that Josh demonstrated, that I was able to give him additional duties to cover the long term absence of a member of staff, this was beneficial to the team. Josh balances the demands of a very busy office and work life with a young child at home and does this in a positive and cheerful way and he is a pleasure to work with.”

The awards ceremony will be held on the 10th September in Leeds and if successful on the night Josh will make it through to the national finals. Last year over 1,400 apprentices were nominated for this prestigious award so congratulations to Josh for making it through to the regional finals.

For more information on apprenticeships please call Stacy Redmond on 01422 399325 or email apprenticeships@calderdale.ac.uk