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Trust apprentices awarded by RNN Group

04 Mar 2021 15:15:16
Beverly Belcher and Amanda Shaw

Two of the Trust’s apprentices have been awarded in RNN Group’s annual Apprenticeship of the Year Awards.

Bev Belcher and Amanda Shaw received the accolades after the virtual announcement of the awards made during National Apprenticeship Week in February. Amanda won the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award, while Bev was Highly Commended in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award.

Announcing the awards in a special YouTube video, Lisa Wilson, Apprenticeship Director for RNN Group, said Amanda had shown “real academic excellence and determination” and said her college tutor described her as a pleasure to work with. Speaking of Bev, Lisa said: “The Advanced Apprentice of the Year is always a challenging one to judge. This year the standard has been excellent and it was tough for our judging panel to decide. In this category we have a highly commended individual who has really shone over the last 12 months.”

Amanda, an Assistant Practitioner, said: “I’m thrilled and overwhelmed to have been nominated and then go on to win this award is amazing. 

“It’s been a challenging couple of years, but to have actually completed and finished the degree was so satisfying. I work with an amazing team in caring for children and young people in the community, my work is so rewarding and I truly love my job.

“I have gained a better understanding of the laws and legislation involved in social care and apply these within my job role. I have met some amazing people on my journey who have enhanced my experience. The support of my family, tutors, manager and mentor have kept me going till the end.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me in my journey. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds in my career in the NHS.”

Bev, a Health Care Support Worker, said she was gobsmacked when she received the call, but very proud. She added: “My mum was a nurse and I hope I’ve made her proud. You can only complete these courses with the support of your family and work colleagues, especially in recent times.” 

She said the last twelve months had not been easy. “What a time to decide to do more training! But with support and encouragement of my colleagues I have persevered. 

“As a hospital, we have cared for many patients, many have gone home, but, unfortunately others haven’t, which as staff hits hard. But as a team, we will get through this. This course has helped improve my knowledge, and I am now able to help others to learn in the future. I am proud to work for the NHS.”

Graham Travis, Apprenticeship Manager at the Trust, said: “It was really great to see Amanda and Bev receive this recognition from RNN and as part of National Apprenticeship Week. They’ve both performed at the highest level throughout their apprenticeships and I would like to say congratulations.”