Chloe wins Best Apprentice Award on International Women’s Day

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On the day when we celebrate the achievements of women across the world, esa’s Chloe Bowley has won the Best Apprentice for a Medium Business accolade at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards.

National Apprenticeship Week may be coming to an end, but last night the annual Newbury College Apprenticeship Awards toasted the achievements of its apprentices and their supporters. Chloe Bowley, esa’s Operations Executive, bagged an award and demonstrated our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Kirsty White, Property Operations Team Leader, explains why she nominated Chloe in the first instance. “Chloe has excelled in her role, taking ownership of all tasks given to her. She was confident enough to successfully manage her department for two months. Not bad for an apprentice.”

Chloe, who has had a challenging few months since her mother was diagnosed with cancer, has revealed an attitude way beyond her years. Winning the award at last night’s event, hosted by Newbury College, was a fitting testament to her success, but it was still a huge shock.

“I’m honoured to receive the award. It was not expected but I couldn’t be happier that I was chosen. All the hard work I’ve put in is finally starting to pay off and it feels surreal that I’m weeks away from being signed off my apprenticeship completely, after a truly challenging 16 months.

“I couldn’t have done it without my work colleagues or my assessor, Yvonne. They have been a massive support for me and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I’m looking forward to signing a brand-new shiny contract (with esa), making many more memories!”

Kirsty was full of praise for her colleague. “I was thrilled when the award was announced. The shock on her face said it all. We celebrated with a gin in the pub.”

As refreshing as the celebratory gin, Chloe had also nominated Kirsty, who narrowly missed out on the Best Workplace Mentor Apprenticeship Award. Nevertheless, she still enjoyed the occasion. “The awards were good fun. The staff were very warm and welcoming, and the drinks were flowing. There was a great mix of people and quite a few big employers too. We had a lot of fun.”

On behalf of esa, well done to both Chloe and Kirsty. We can’t wait to offer Chloe a full-time role once she has completed her apprenticeship. For more information on working at esa, visit our careers page.

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