Care worker, Jackline Young, has been named Apprentice of the Year by employment and training experts, APM.
The apprentice - based at Needwood House Nursing Home in Cannock - has been recognised for her outstanding and inspirational achievements from a pool of more than 200 apprenticeships delivered by APM across England.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Jackline has inspirationally risen to the challenge of moving to a different country, sourcing employment and learning a new language.
“I am so proud to be given this award,” said Jackline. “I want to learn and always want to do the best I can for myself and my family. I am thankful to everyone at Needwood House and APM for supporting me.”
APM Training Coordinator, Clare Hughes, has worked with Jackline throughout her apprenticeship, during which time her English and maths skills have flourished.
“Jackline has been an absolute star! She arrived in this country with no formally recognised qualifications but has displayed a level of determination to succeed that is truly admirable.
“She has never missed a visit or failed to complete a piece of work and is a real example to all learners of what is possible to achieve.”
Apprenticeships are a proven means of supporting employers to build better workforces through the recruitment of fresh new talent and an investment in the development of existing employees.
APM works with hundreds of SMEs and multi-national employers across England, supporting businesses across a diverse range of sectors, with a particular focus on health and social care. The company delivers six apprenticeships for the Cannock-based care home.
Sarah-Jane Cropper, General Manager at Barton & Needwood House Nursing Homes said: “We’re delighted for Jackline in receiving this award, it really is well deserved.
“We are passionate about having our training delivered in a way that supports the development of quality provision for our residents. It is a delight for myself and our homes to work with APM as a provider and Claire as a trainer.”