Apprentice success

Lauren Tiller. Picture: Sam Pearce/ PNL-151016-110506001
Lauren Tiller. Picture: Sam Pearce/ PNL-151016-110506001

A Leighton Buzzard woman has won her category in the regional final of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers.

The London winners and highly commended entries were announced at a high-profile awards ceremony at City Hall last Wednesday, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Lauren Tiller, aged 21, who completed an advanced apprenticeship in IT software and telecoms at BT in central London. was winner in the the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category.

Lauren, who attended the Cottesloe School in Wing, said: “I’m thrilled and very proud to have won the EAL Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award for the London region, standing next to a great team and representing BT.

“It was a great evening –every finalist was of a high calibre and had made some impressive accomplishments.

“I’ve received loads of support and congrats from my team. Its lovely to receive some recognition for all the hard work during my apprenticeship.”

Following the regional ceremonies, the winners from each category in all 11 areas of England will have their entries sent for national judging, and three from each category will be chosen as national finalists.

The national winners and Top 100 Employers will be revealed at a ceremony in January at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “A big congratulations to all the apprentices and employers in London who impressed the judges today.

“The success of each winner reminds us of how crucial apprenticeships are in supporting our workforce, our businesses and our economy. This is why we are committed to delivering three million apprenticeships by 2020.”