West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

12 March 2015

National Apprenticeship Week 2015

As a consortium of colleges we recognise the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and wider economy.

Throughout Apprenticeship Week we have been showcasing the success stories from our partner Colleges and here we take a closer look at our own apprentice success story here at WYCC.

In 2012, against stiff competition, WYCC’s Abigail Wyatt was successful in becoming an apprentice with Calderdale College’s External Funding Unit.

Early on Abbie displayed a level of competence that was far beyond her role and responsibilities and soon after joining the team Abbie managed to complete her apprenticeship qualifications in a short space of time.

This, combined with consistently achieving a standard of work that far exceeded her training, resulted in a strong nomination for Apprentice of the Year.

Professional development

Abbie has become a highly valued member of the team who has used her positive, professional attitude and confident manner to excel in all areas of work. Her apprenticeship qualification has been the springboard for her professional development and is proof that apprenticeships create a wealth of opportunities for young people.

Speaking about the apprenticeship, Abbie said:

“My apprenticeship has helped me develop a good work ethic, improved my confidence and skills and given me the opportunity to be involved with a wide range of projects, many of which I now lead and manage.”

Invaluable Contribution

Louise Tearle, Partnership Director for WYCC added:

“Abbie is a highly valued member of the team. Abbie continues to provide very professional support to West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and the wider Leeds City Region Skills Network, supporting high level meetings of principals and other senior personnel.

Abbie shows maturity and professionalism and works calmly and efficiently. Her contribution in terms of her IT, creative and design skills are invaluable.”

Since joining us as an apprentice Abbie’s CV has been growing and she’s gained experience in everything from events planning to social media strategy. She is a real asset to the team and a great example of how an apprenticeship can lead to career progression.