Ryan wins regional apprenticeship accolade

Published: Tuesday, 11th October 2016

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Local apprentice Ryan Finnegan, is celebrating after winning a prestigious regional apprenticeship award. At a special ceremony, held at the Sketchley Grange Hotel in Hinckley on Wednesday (5th October), Ryan heard he’d been named East Midlands Regional Winner for the Intermediate Apprentice of the year.

Ryan is a Communication and Business Support Apprentice at Harborough District Council, having been placed in the role through Kettering Borough Training (KBT), where he is currently studying for his BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Business Administration.

The National Apprenticeship Awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.
The awards, now their 13th year, attract around 1,200 applicants and are run by the National Apprenticeship Service. They recognise excellence in two main areas:
businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships
apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces

As a regional winner, Ryan now has the opportunity to enhance his application to be in with the chance of progressing to national judging. If his application is successful he will attend the National Apprenticeship Awards celebration event at Grosvenor House in London. 

Ryan (18) said: “My apprenticeship has been a hugely beneficial and rewarding experience. Not only has it given me a nationally-recognised qualification it has also opened doors, equipped me with knowledge and offered me the chance to develop both workplace and personal skills. I hope to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship, with support from Kettering Borough Training and Harborough District Council, which will be another exciting opportunity for me.”  

Liz Wade, Head of Kettering Borough Training, said: “We are very proud of what Ryan has achieved. To be named a regional winner from around 1,200 entrants is amazing. There are some great apprenticeship opportunities available through Kettering Borough Training; just check out our website (www.kettering.gov.uk/KBT)or contact us.”

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “I would like to congratulate Ryan on his achievement. Winning this award is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”