Business Apprentice crowned as Apprentice of the Year

Blog13 March 2019  :  

Fabiha, who works within the Facilities Management team was picked from over 300 applicants to achieve the prestigious accolade and presented with the award at the ceremony on Tuesday 5 March.

Fabiha with her colleagues Rahim Ahmed and Ian Cox, Head of Facilities, Lakeside North Harbour

Apprentices were able to put themselves forward for the awards by submitting an entry that outlines a bit about themselves and their role, why they feel they should win the award, what they’ve contributed to their company and what their personal and business achievements are.

Also included in the entry was an endorsement from the apprentice’s sponsoring employer, detailing why the apprentice should be nominated with their PETA trainer supply a supporting statement.

Ian Cox, Head of Facilities comments “Fabiha came to Lakeside joining a challenging facilities operation with an increasing workload which can be stressful to manage at times. She was appointed Helpdesk Co-Ordinator, learning on the job, so not a lot of time to allow information to be absorbed thus had to learn very quickly.  She very quickly become an integral part of the facilities operation ably assisting her colleagues, helping to reduce their workload.  Fabiha has fantastic communication skills and personality with a proactive manner which is essential when dealing with colleagues and clients at different levels from Directors to Cleaners.  She easily adapts to any situation commanding respect from all.  Fabiha has shown an aptitude for project management completing work to tight deadlines and able to manage several small projects at the same time. I am looking forward to continuing her development over the course of the next year, with a particular focus on contract management which she has shown keen interest in.”

The awards were judged by PETA’s CEO Huw Chapman, Senior Corporate Services Manager Dawn Halfacre and Government Funded Programmes Manager Gavin Smith. They reviewed all of the entries, awarding points by considering elements such as the effort the apprentice has put into their learning, how far they’ve come, their level of commitment and what challenges they’ve had to overcome and winners received a certificate and trophy.

PETA CEO Huw Chapman said: “The standard was very high this year, with individuals demonstrating great educational outcomes and a positive work ethic. We were delighted to hear that all the companies who had apprentices at the award ceremony recognised that PETA are delivering good training, which links directly to preparing people for successful employment. Congratulations to all the apprentices; they have all demonstrated outstanding performance. Their success is clearly linked to their supportive employers as well as the dedication of the PETA team.”

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