Trafford College apprentices score hattrick in Chamber Awards line-up

Trafford College apprentices score hattrick in Chamber Awards line-up

Three Trafford College apprentices have been shortlisted for the Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2021.

The chamber, which last year celebrated an incredible 110 years of supporting local business, is hosting the 8th annual awards to recognise the region’s top organisations and their employees in what has been an unprecedented year for business. One apprentice celebrating his nomination is James Thorpe, a Level 3 Business Administrator with Altrincham College who has quickly became an indispensable asset to the organisation, and a valued member of the team.

Manager, Danielle Shields said of the talented young apprentice, "James has made a hugely positive contribution to Altrincham College since he joined the team. He is a naturally shy young man who has gained in confidence during his time working with us. He is thoughtful and caring and makes every effort to help whenever he can. I honestly don’t know how we’d manage without him. James is also very pro-active in work; he does not just wait to be told what to do but actively thinks ahead and offers solutions and potential support in plenty of time. This is invaluable in a busy office, where ‘fire-fighting’ is the normal way of working."

James, who studied at Altrincham College, is known for his kindness at home as much he is in work, and regularly helps care for his grandma, taking her shopping and to appointments.

Joining James on the shortlist is Trafford College apprentice, Neil Kengni, who recently hit the headlines after he put in a star performance with his football club, Marine FC in a clash against Tottenham.

Neil, who is a talented plumbing apprentice by day and semi-professional footballer in his spare time, dominated Marine FC v Spurs headlines after narrowly missing an incredible 30-yard strike on the goal of England shot-stopper Joe Hart, in a much anticipated third-round FA Cup tie between the clubs recently.

Head of Studies for Plumbing for Trafford College, John Ellis, said, "We're all extremely proud of Neil's performance in plumbing as well as on the pitch. Staff are in awe of what Neil achieves after studying extremely hard as an apprentice on placement and with the College all week. He is a dedicated and professional apprentice who gives his all, motivates others, is completely committed, and there is no question that he will go far in the field. It's not easy to juggle two careers and we'd like to commend what Neil does week in and week out. Neil has our support every step of the way towards both his careers!"

Completing the line-up of candidates is Jade Gillick, an apprentice in Bereavement Services based at Altrincham Crematorium. She has quickly become a valued team member during her apprenticeship and was due to undertake her EPA just as Covid-19 hit. She took the decision to pause this, so she could ensure she was able to fully support the service and its clients during the pandemic. Jade has stepped up to manage the team working on the chapel front at the crematorium and despite such difficult circumstances has maintained a professional and courteous approach at all times.

Sarah Eckersley HR, OD and Skills Officer with Trafford council commented, "To sum up Jade's commitment to work especially in the current circumstances in a few sentences is very difficult. She has stepped way above her role as an apprentice and taken command of a team and lead them through some of the strangest and deeply emotional times the service has seen. She has earned their respect and that of almost everyone she has come into contact with for the way she handles herself and the situations she has been confronted with. She was able to undertake her EPA in August and achieved a distinction.”

Voting is now open online! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ChamberAwardsVote2020

For more information about apprenticeships, visit https://trafford.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 0161 886 7461.