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Katie celebrates Apprentice of the Year success

18th October 2023


Former Sanctuary Employee, Katie

One of our former Sanctuary apprentices is celebrating after winning a prestigious regional award.

Katie Davies, who now works with us as a resourcing administrator after successfully completing her customer service apprenticeship, was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the West Midlands regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Katie’s award recognises the fantastic work she delivered in her apprenticeship role, as well as her commitment to championing apprenticeships to others both inside and outside the workplace.

Following her success at the West Midlands ceremony, Katie is now in the running for the national apprentice of the year title, which will be announced during an awards ceremony in London on 29 November.

Katie said: “My apprenticeship experience at Sanctuary was fantastic. I had so many unique and amazing opportunities and always felt fully supported, which really helped me grow my skills and confidence.

“I’m so proud to win this award and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Sanctuary who helped me along the way.”

Katie has also been shortlisted in the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year category at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, which will be announced next month.

Two further members of our Sanctuary team are also hoping for success at the Worcestershire awards, with senior finance officer Matthew Wright shortlisted in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category and Michelle Wood, our Group Head of Learning and Development, among the contenders for Apprentice Champion of the Year.

Our national apprenticeship programme was established in 2008 and has since supported more than 2,000 people into work, both directly and indirectly through development partners.

Apprentices work in a variety of business areas, including finance, IT, housing, business and administration and health and social care, gaining valuable workplace experience while studying for practical qualifications alongside their day-to-day role.

Nicole Seymour, our Executive Director - Corporate Services, commented: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic pathway for anyone looking to realise their goals and ambitions, and add real value for employers and organisations.

“I’d like to say a huge well done to Katie for her richly-deserved success, and wish her and all our other finalists good luck for the awards coming up over the next few weeks.”