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Apprentice Daniel wins award at the House of Commons

13 March 2015

In what he describes as a “once in a lifetime experience”, Gloucestershire College apprentice, Daniel Phillips, won the title of 2015 Advanced Retail Apprentice of the Year in the People 1st Apprenticeship Awards, which took place in the House of Commons in late February.

The prestigious awards seek to celebrate exceptional apprentices, mentors and employers from the hospitality, retail, passenger transport and travel industries, with MP Mike Freer and Peter Avis, manager of the Virgin-owned Babylon restaurant, presenting the awards.

22-year-old Daniel from Lydney is currently doing his Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail Skills, whilst working in Parkend Village Shop, where he has been for the past nine months. In his role, Daniel is responsible for stock management, sales, staff training, cash management and dealing with suppliers, whilst also working as a barista in the café area, as a post office operator and supporting and delivering customer service.

His Assessor, Alex Boyce, from Gloucestershire College says that Daniel was successful in winning this award by demonstrating to the panel his extraordinary learning journey.

She said: “In just a short space of time, Daniel has proved himself to be a reliable, innovative and responsible member of the store team and taken on many different management responsibilities to support the owners.”

Daniel chose to do an apprenticeship in order to develop his work-based skills and enable him to progress as high as he can in the retail industry.

He said: “My visit to the House of Commons was a once in a lifetime experience. I never thought I would have the opportunity to do anything like this and I felt privileged to be able to look around too. This experience has made me feel very motivated to continue to do the best I can in my apprenticeship.”

 “It was important for me to take on this apprenticeship so I could learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of working in retail. I love my job because it’s a great place to work and my peers are fantastic. I enjoy trying to find ways to develop the business, increase profits and come up with new ways to increase footfall through the door.”  

His employer, Jess Collins, says Daniel is a very welcome addition to the team and she is “exceptionally proud to have such a willing, competent, confident, good-humoured and intelligent apprentice” on board.

“Dan has undertaken his apprenticeship with great commitment and an outstanding attitude to his own development. His competence is as such, that as manager of the shop, I am confident leaving him in his role for long lengths of time,” said Jess.

“He has been keen to question methods and procedures to improve his own performance and the running of the business. Alongside carrying out the necessary skills for his role, he has also needed to rapidly increase his understanding of Health and Safety procedures in all three areas, and has done so with competence.”  

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