After a very busy National Apprenticeship Week supporting the Fire it Up campaign for apprenticeships SWAC were delighted to attend the annual Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards. However this time we were on a mission to get Clare there in secret as she was unaware of a plan in the background to nominate her for Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships. And we were delighted that Clare had won!! Now we just had to get her there without spilling the beans…. We did it! The full team arrived joined by Miriam Venner from City of Bristol College, took our seats and settled in for the first round of awards and Clare still none the wiser.
As we got to the Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships category the judges decided on the winner based on an individual in the county who has really helped drive Gloucestershire’s apprenticeship campaigns through inspiration, energy and imagination and announced to a very surprised Clare Vertigen that she was the winner. An absolute honour for SWAC and of course Clare to accept this award as we are immensely proud of her as our director and know that she works tirelessly to promote apprenticeships and bring employers, apprentices and training providers together to achieve more.
Here is Clare’s full nomination:
Clare is an Apprenticeship Ambassador and actively promotes Apprenticeships every day to local businesses, schools, parents, apprentice applicants and has a large social media presence. Clare is regularly invited to share her knowledge at employer focussed events and within schools in the county.
Clare supports businesses with the setup of apprenticeship programmes and prides on being truly impartial, Clare will always look at what their needs and objectives for taking on an apprentice and offer advice based on those needs. Clare will help them to develop a job description if they don’t have one, match this to an apprenticeship qualification and search for training providers and of course offer to support the company with our paid services but when that is not appropriate or needed will refer and signpost the company direct to the relevant training provider, following up the referral to ensure they are satisfied with the outcome.
Since setting up SWAC we have employed 212 apprentices in Gloucestershire, all placed within our host business partners receiving dedicated mentoring support from SWAC. With our extra support 98% of our Gloucestershire apprentices have progressed into full-time employment or a higher apprenticeship on completion and 98% have completed their apprenticeship – both well above the national average!
Our Gloucestershire apprentices have gone into senior management roles, won awards, set-up their own businesses – we encourage them all to become ambassadors and share their apprenticeship journey. Clare is also involved in supporting the Forest Economic Partnership and Forest Entrepreneurs with several initiatives particularly the Education and Skills sub group.
Clare never stops promoting apprenticeships in Gloucestershire!
And huge congratulations to all of the other winners on the night, you can read more about the event here: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/business/your-gloucestershire-apprenticeship-award-winners-2624002