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SGS apprentice Anne-Marie scoops top award at prestigious ceremony

SGS College apprentice, Anne-Marie Benbow, was presented with the Apprentice of the Year award at the Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

Anne-Marie’s success follows in the footsteps of the College, which was awarded Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year Award in 2017.

Anne-Marie excelled in her apprenticeship despite facing many obstacles. After spending years in care and having a negative experience at school, she left with no qualifications. Yet to her credit, she was willing to give education another go and had the tenacity to keep trying to pass exams despite gaps in her learning.

Anne-Marie now works as an ambassador for children in care and is a wonderful role model for the children she supports. She works to decrease isolation and loneliness and has arranged various social events for care leavers.

As a result of her direct input, Bristol’s care leavers will now be exempt from paying council tax from the new financial year.

The Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards ceremony is an annual event to celebrate the most outstanding apprentices and recognise the work that employers and training providers contribute to apprentices in the area.

At the ceremony, Anne-Marie was clearly unused to this level of recognition, saying:

“I felt really happy just to be a finalist, let alone win my category, as well as being recognised as Apprentice of the Year!”

Anne-Marie added:

“It wouldn’t be possible without my assessor Donna Woodland, my line manager Natalie Colgan and my manager Jo Moore. Thank you everyone who voted for me.”

Patrick Mcleod, Curriculum Director of Work Based Learning at SGS College, commented:

"We were thrilled to see Anne-Marie collect the top award of the night. Anne’s hard work and dedication, combined with the College’s fantastic apprenticeship delivery, is a formula for success.”

For further information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships please contact SGS College’s Apprenticeship Development Team on 0800 0726077.