Intec's Rising Star of the Year 2016

In little more than a year, Rory McKenna has risen from apprentice to bookings manager at leading promotional  and event staffing agency Envisage Promotions and is set to continue his career development. The Rising Star Award acknowledges progression and development in newly-qualified apprentices. 

Rory, who now has responsibility for a new apprentice, said: “I’m so pleased to receive the award and I can see a real future with the company.  I’d like to be managing a bigger team before too long but after that, the sky’s the limit!”

Darren Bunting, managing director of Intec, presented the certificate to Rory and said: “Apprenticeships are all about acquiring new skills that are relevant to employers whilst for the learner, they are not the end of the journey, they are the beginning of a career.  We want to acknowledge the rising stars in the workplace post-apprenticeship.  Rory perfectly embodies the benefits of modern apprenticeships – a win-win for both him and his employer.”

Director at Envisage, Lee Murphy, knew that Rory had the right attitude when he first interviewed him:

“The first time I met Rory, he was working two jobs at the same time, which to me shows great commitment and determination to work. I knew he would be a good addition to our team so I was pleased to offer him a job.”

Whilst undertaking a BusinessAdministration apprenticeship delivered by Intec, Rory’s initial responsibilities at Envisage included maintaining spreadsheets, providing staff with the correct details of events and checking to see if they have arrived at the job on time. After successfully completing his diploma, he was promoted to Bookings Manager in November 2015.

Lee continues: “Rory shows great commitment towards his work. Even though the office day can be quite hectic, Rory still finds time to write blogs and pages for our company websites.

The bookings team is much more efficient now, Rory has improved the communication between us and our promotional staff which means we are able to retain the best ones and deliver the best service to our clients.  We value his input in meetings, he has great ideas that help improve efficiency and customer satisfaction. He displays great innovation and ability to think outside the box, which is a great component of producing new services to offer clients and our promotional staff.”