Jade honoured with 'Apprentice of the Year' award for her compassion during pandemic

Jade honoured with 'Apprentice of the Year' award for her compassion during pandemic

Trafford College Group apprentice, Jade Gillick, has scooped 'Apprentice of the Year' at this year's Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Jade was one of three Trafford College Group apprentices who celebrated being named among the best in the region, with James Thorpe and Neil Kengni the runners-up.

The glittering virtual ceremony took place on Friday evening [March 12] and despite being unable to celebrate the annual event in their usual style at the Cresta Court Hotel, the Chamber spared no effort in ensuring the virtual affair had maximum impact and was an occasion to remember. Local live events company, Keyteq delivered an unforgettable production, whilst shortlisted businesses helped guests get into the party spirit with home delivery services such as flowers, food and drinks.

The chamber, which last year celebrated an incredible 110 years of supporting local business, hosted the 8th annual awards to recognise the region’s top organisations and their employees in what has been an unprecedented year for business.

Jade, an apprentice in Bereavement Services based at Altrincham Crematorium, scooped the top award for her compassion and care in her role. She 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 also stepped up to manage the team working on the chapel front at the crematorium, and despite such difficult circumstances, always maintained a professional and courteous approach.

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, leading them through some of the strangest and deeply emotional times the service has seen. She has earned their respect and that of everyone she has met for the way she handles herself and the situations she has been confronted with.”