Councillor Choudhary told the nominees and guests that since 2017, more than 700 apprenticeships had been started at the County Council. Additionally, 50 trainees and 65 interns had joined the Council in the past year. He added:
“We are firmly committed to our apprenticeships and continue to develop new opportunities at all levels from Level 2 right through to Masters’ Level 7.
“As a Local Authority, we are judged on the quality of our services and, at a time when the challenges of service delivery are greater than ever, our apprentices’ commitment to improvement will have a positive impact across all our services for many years to come.”
The night’s top prize, the Chairman’s Award for outstanding apprentice, went to Neil Redman, from Portsmouth, who is studying for a Level 4 Associate Project Manager qualification. Neil was nominated for his motivated and confident approach to the work in the Capital and Commercial Programme Management Team, utilising newly acquired project management skills to support high profile department activities. Neil said:
“Winning came as a complete shock. I was honoured just to be nominated for an award, let alone win the Chairman’s Award.”