It’s 2000 and counting for Hampshire County Council’s apprentices

The achievements and commitment of Hampshire County Council’s apprentices, trainees, interns and mentors have been celebrated by County Council colleagues at the Chairman’s Apprenticeship Awards, on 22 November, with winners across eight different categories

Nov 22 2023

The Awardees pose with their certificates
With one of the largest Local Authority apprenticeship programmes in the country, Hampshire County Council introduced the Awards in 2015, to recognise the hard work of the Authority’s apprentices and the success of the Apprenticeship programme as a whole. 

Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Patrica Stallard, provided the welcoming address, and observed that this year saw more nominations than ever before. She said: “We are enormously proud of our Apprenticeship programme and the opportunities available for supporting our staff to progress and do the best job possible for Hampshire’s residents. Undertaking an apprenticeship, at whatever level, takes dedication and commitment, especially when someone is doing so on top of their day job. All our nominees can be proud of their hard work and ability to make a real difference. At Hampshire County Council, we are firmly committed to our apprenticeship opportunities because we know that to do so means investing in Hampshire’s future.”

Last year, the County Council signed up more than 300 apprentices, working at all levels from Level 2 right through to Masters Level 7. It has passed a significant milestone this year, having enrolled over 2,000 apprentices since the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy funding system in 2017.

The Awards winners 

Apprentice Business Support Assistant, Thomas Yeaman from Alresford, received the top award of the ceremony – the Chairman’s Apprentice of the Year – recognising his hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm to learn. 

A further highlight was the Rising Star Award, which this year went to Rachel Thompson, Project Support Officer, from Fareham. The award was given in recognition of Rachel’s organisation, drive for self-improvement, and willingness to support others. 

The Apprenticeship Champion of the Year Award went to Carly Harrod, Service Development Manager, from Sholing, Southampton, for her hard work in advocating for apprenticeships, which has included instigating a mentoring programme.   

As well as recognising the successes of individuals, the awards were also an opportunity to celebrate the work of colleagues, teams and departments that have significantly supported and invested in apprentices. 

Councillor Rob Humby, Leader of Hampshire County Council, provided the closing remarks for the ceremony. Congratulating all those who were nominated and who received awards, Councillor Humby said: “I am immensely proud of the commitment, expertise and high standards set by our skilled staff in delivering their roles, serving the people of Hampshire. This year’s Awards are yet further evidence of this and an important celebration of achievement.” 

The County Council has employed its 2000th apprentice since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017 – with special recognition also at the event for Lauren Thomas, Town Planning Apprentice, from Fareham who is the 2000th person to be employed as an apprentice under the Local Authority’s scheme. Lauren is completing a Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship.