After starting at 6th Form College, Lauren Galli decided
that full time study wasn’t for her and made the transition to an
apprenticeship at Coventry
Building Workshop, the Midlands’ largest construction approved training
centre. Now earning whilst learning, her
role includes general office administration including accounts work.
The Apprentice of the Year Award acknowledges someone who
has demonstrated the commitment and work ethic that makes them stand out
amongst their peers and proves their value to employers.
Lauren was thrilled to be selected from all the Intec
apprentices and is looking forward to further developing her career. She said: “I can’t believe I won! Taking up
the apprenticeship has given me a career structure as well as qualifications
whilst my friends at college will leave with little or no work experience. I’m hoping to do a level 3 apprenticeship
next and continue working here as long as possible.
”Darren Bunting, managing director of Intec, presented the
award to Lauren and said: “Entering the world of work can be a massive
transition for some young people and it can take time to adjust. Lauren was not
very confident initially even though she was keen and enthusiastic. With encouragement from both her employer and
assessor, she is now able to work more independently, has faith in herself and
believes that she can achieve anything she wants to.”
Employing an Apprentice is a cost effective way of
developing staff, improving retention, identifying potential and increasing
programmes within the workplace produce the skilled workforce a business will
need in the future.
Seventeen year-old Lauren was nominated by her assessor,
Lisa Woolridge. Lisa says: “Lauren embodies
Intec’s values which are all about enabling you to develop, progress and
achieve. Lauren has a positive attitude and is committed to doing well, she
wants to make a long term career and is very much enjoying working for Coventry
Building Workshop. There are not many people her age that show her level of
maturity, commitment and drive. The directors tell me how Lauren has a positive
work ethic, how pleased with her they are and what positive relationships she
has with other staff members. She has the right attitude and I can see her
growing with the company as she continues with them.”
Lauren’s hard work has paid off; as she is coming to the end
of her apprenticeship she has been offered a permanent position in the company.