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Four GC students shortlisted for Grow Gloucestershire Awards

8 October 2015
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Carrie Reay, Business and Administration Apprentice at Bruckshaw Associates, shortlisted for the Outstanding Apprentice Award 2015

Four Gloucestershire College students have been shortlisted in the 2015 Grow Gloucestershire Awards, which are organised by yes2jobs to celebrate the achievements, performance and excellent work of young people in the county, and the businesses and individuals who support them.

16-year-old Zac Nicholls, a former Severn Vale School pupil from Quedgeley, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Work Experience Student Award for his placement on the maintenance team at Gloucester City Homes. Zac is currently completing a traineeship with Morgan Sindall, which has the maintenance contract with Gloucester City Homes, whilst studying for his qualifications at GC.

While 16-year-old Daniel Robinson, also a former Severn Vale pupil from Hardwicke, has been shortlisted for the same award for his placement with local building company, Neil Thomas Development, which he completed whilst at school. Daniel is now completing his apprenticeship as an Apprentice Plumber with the same company, whilst studying for his qualifications at GC.

18-year-old Shannon Phillips, a Business and Administration Apprentice from Cinderford, has been shortlisted as Outstanding Apprentice for her work at Keyway, one of the biggest construction equipment hire companies in the UK. 

Another Business and Administration Apprentice, 20-year-old Carrie Reay, a former Cleeve School pupil from Cheltenham, has also been shortlisted for the Outstanding Apprentice Award for her work at Bruckshaw Associates.

At the accountancy recruitment consultancy, Carrie is responsible for organising and maintaining most of the processes in the office, from diary and database management to marketing, reception and other admin tasks. She completed her A Levels in English Literature, History and Sociology at Cleeve School, before working at a hotel and then undertaking her apprenticeship.

Carrie said: “It feels fantastic to have been shortlisted for the award. It’s nice to be recognised for the hard work I put in. I would love to work in marketing or event management and my apprenticeship is helping me gain the basic background business knowledge and experience I will need to progress into these areas.

“Doing an apprenticeship is a great way to either gain your first experience of employment or to build on previous experience whilst gaining qualifications. It provides you with the kind of life skills and experiences that university lectures cannot.”

Clare Shearer, Director of Bruckshaw Associates, said: “We are delighted that Carrie has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Apprentice Award. Carrie is incredibly hard working and has helped us in many areas of the business, as well as achieving excellent marks in her BTEC Diploma. She is an absolute asset to our company and really deserves to win this award.”

The Grow Gloucestershire Awards take place at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 20 October and Gloucestershire College will be there rooting for Zac, Daniel, Shannon and Carrie on the night.

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