Local apprentice takes home top award

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Friday, November 8th, 2013
Anna Pawlowska has been living and working in Northern Ireland since arriving here five years ago from her native Poland and is studying a Health and Social Care apprenticeship with Corriewood Private Clinic in Castlewellan and Southern Regional College, Newry. Since starting her apprenticeship Anna has developed her written and spoken English skills significantly to ensure she will successfully complete her apprenticeship. With English being Anna’s second language, this may have proven to be a challenge for some, but not Anna. As a motivated and enthusiastic student Anna used the technology available to her to translate sector specific terminology to ensure full understanding of her course and workplace. Anna’s hard work was rewarded when she won the Recognition Award at the Department for Employment and Learning’s Apprentice of the Year Awards. Speaking about her success, Anna said, “Since commencing my apprenticeship I have developed both personally and professionally. “Approximately three years ago I started working in the area of care, since then I have worked to develop skills in this area, undertaking studies in Dementia Awareness, Epilepsy Awareness, Health and Safety and First Aid. She added, “When the opportunity to complete the Apprenticeship scheme was offered by my manager I knew I had the determination and commitment to achieve.” There are many benefits for an apprentice and an employer in taking part in an apprenticeship including apprentices can earn while learning; apprentices work alongside experienced staff and receive off-the-job training specific to their apprenticeship and also gain recognised qualifications. Further information on ApprenticeshipsNI can be found at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsni or by calling 0800 0854 573. Anna studied her apprenticeship through the ApprenticeshipsNI programme. ApprenticeshipsNI is a Department for Employment and Learning programme that offers training to 16 year olds and over, across a wide range of apprenticeships.
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