Two Trust staff have been nominated as ‘higher apprentice of the year’ in the Wakefield College apprentice awards this year. Jan Spence, manager of Yorkshire Smokefree in Calderdale and Judith Megson, team manager in our Kirklees older people’s services have been named as finalists in the annual awards hosted by Wakefield College.
Jan and Judith are amongst other Trust staff who are studying for a level 5 apprenticeship award in management and leadership at Wakefield College. The course lasts two years and involves people from across our region and from many different backgrounds. So to be one of only three people nominated for this award is a great achievement.
Jan said: “It was a great opportunity for me to undertake this learning as part of my current role in Yorkshire Smokefree. I have been fortunate enough to work myself up to a band 7 manager and appreciate that our learning and development colleagues have given me this opportunity to further develop personally and professionally and gain a formal qualification.”
Judith said: “The course has involved a lot of commitment and hard work so I am delighted to have been shortlisted along with Jan in the student of the year higher apprenticeship awards. I have learnt a lot from the course and would encourage anyone else who has the opportunity to further develop themselves through learning and training to do so.”
The awards are taking place on Monday 4 March and will be presented in the company of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield.