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Apprentices celebrate achievements

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Lewisham apprentices have been recognised at an awards ceremony hosted by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, at the Broadway Theatre in Catford.

On Friday 27 March, nine of the most outstanding apprentices, mentors, managers and teams were presented with awards by partner organisations at the Celebrating Achievement awards ceremony.

Twenty-five year old single mum, Charlie Duffy, an electrical apprentice with Evolve (host employer Laser Electrical), was awarded Apprentice of the Year. Charlie was nominated by Rachel Rodriquez, a placement coordinator at Evolve, for excelling throughout her placement and for demonstrating real tenacity to succeed in a male dominated industry.

Awards included:

  • Outstanding Contribution Award presented to Andrew Addo, Leasehold apprentice of Lewisham Homes, presented by Cllr Alan Smith, Deputy Mayor, Lewisham Council
  • Outstanding Progression Award presented to Nickala Lowe, former Community Regeneration apprentice of Phoenix Community Housing, presented by Dave Cummins, Vice Chair, Phoenix Community Housing
  • Outstanding Mentor Award presented to Aaron Barratt, Advanced Plumbing apprentice of Breyer Group PLC, presented by Tim Breyer, Managing Director, Breyer Group PLC
  • Outstanding Manager Award presented to Lilen Carletta of London Urban Arts Academy, presented by Dr Barry Quirk, Chief Executive, Lewisham Council
  • Outstanding Team Award presented to Lewisham Homes’ Repairs and Planned Works Team, presented by Julia Cotton, Chair of Lewisham Homes
  • Unsung Hero Award presented by Sir Steve Bullock to Senay Gaul of The Albany
  • Mayor’s Award presented to Shaakila Samson and Danielle Blyde
  • Apprentice of the Year Award presented to Charlie Duffy of Evolve (host employer Laser Electrical), presented by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham.

Congratulating the apprentices, Sir Steve said: “Lewisham is part of the amazing success story that is London and our young people are some of our greatest assets. That’s why the Lewisham apprenticeship programme matters so much because it’s an early step to starting a career for so many of our young people"

Bianca Miller, a finalist on last year’s BBC The Apprentice, founder of The Be Group and Sydenham resident, said: “To be accepted onto an apprenticeship scheme is an incredible achievement in itself for a young person wanting to gain an advantage in today’s competitive work force. You need to be hard-working, enthusiastic, keen to learn and have a ‘can-do’ attitude"

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