Trafford Council apprentice Holly wins Trafford College ‘Student of the Year’ award (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Trafford Council apprentice Holly wins Trafford College ‘Student of the Year’ award
4:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
TRAFFORD Council apprentice Holly Ryan has beaten off stiff competition to win Trafford College’s ‘Student of the Year’ Award.
Holly, 23, from Stretford currently works as an apprentice on the council’s strong communities team.
She received the accolade at a recent awards ceremony and was recognised by the college for her commitment and enthusiasm to her role as an apprentice neighbourhood community partnership support officer, as well as her dedication to her studies.
The college was particularly impressed by the fact that Holly manages to balance her studies with her day job and her work as a volunteer with the Trafford Youth Service, clearly demonstrating her commitment to her career and personal development.
Holly said: “It feels great to have my hard work recognised. It’s nice to get recognition for my academic work, as well as the practical work I do on a daily basis as part of my job.
“I was previously unemployed and undecided about what career path I wanted to take. I knew that I wanted to continue to learn, so an apprenticeship was the ideal solution. The job at Trafford Council stood out from the rest. It is quite varied and I enjoy working with different people and groups in the community.
“I get involved in many different community projects. My manager has given me a great deal of responsibility and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve also had the chance to attend relevant training and study as part of my apprenticeship and these challenges have definitely helped to improve my skills.”
Holly joined the council as an apprentice in October 2011, where she undertook a level 2 business administration apprenticeship and has never looked back. She has since progressed onto level 3 and her hard work and determination have been widely recognised by her colleagues, who were thrilled at news of her award.
Sonia Cubrilo, strategic manager for neighbourhoods and communities, and Holly’s line manager, said: “We are delighted with Holly’s award. She has been a real asset to the team and was particularly instrumental in successfully coordinating many of our partnership meetings and events, including our 100 days, Stretford Hive and Summer of Wellbeing campaigns. The award looks like a big diamond, which is fitting and reflects what the whole team think of Holly – she is a real gem.”
Executive Councillor for education, Cllr Michael Cornes, said: “I’m thrilled that Holly’s hard work and dedication have been recognised. It’s a fantastic achievement, which clearly shows her commitment to both her studies and role at the council. It also demonstrates the valuable contribution that apprentices can add to the workplace.”
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