Engineering apprentice Nathan Wall and Healthcare apprentice Celia Troop celebrated becoming finalists in the apprenticeship awards, which is held annually to recognise the talents and contribution of apprentices to local businesses.
Nathan won the award for the Higher Apprenticeship category, after being nominated by his employer AESSEAL for his strong worth ethic and determination to achieve.
First joining the company on a work experience placement whilst at school, Nathan produced a 26-page feedback report detailing what he had learned during his time at the company. The report was circulated to every department, including the Managing Director, helping him secure an apprenticeship two years later in recognition of his proactive attitude to learning.
After achieving a double distinction in the AESSEAL Advanced Apprenticeship, Nathan is now completing a HNC in Mechanical Engineering at Rotherham College in order to give himself further skills and qualifications to excel in his career.
Alongside his studies, Nathan was chosen as a trainee-mentor to six apprentices on the AESSEAL Advanced Apprenticeships due to his hard work and commitment and also acts as an ambassador for AESSEAL, visiting schools to engage young people in considering a career in the engineering sector.
David Amory, of AESSEAL, said Nathan “embodies the ethos of AESSEAL”, whilst his “dedication and ambition will see progress to a very bright future with the company.”
Assistant practitioner Celia was nervous to return to the classroom and lacked confidence in her abilities after struggling at school as a child, due to what has now been diagnosed as dyslexia. However through perseverance, Celia has successfully completed the first year of her degree apprenticeship, putting the theory she has learned into practice at a very high standard in her work.
Always seeking the opportunity to enhance patient experience at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Celia began her degree apprenticeship as a way to build new skills and gain a deeper knowledge of the theory behind her work in physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Trace Hepworth of the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, called Celia “a credit and an inspiration to others” who has always “outshone in her practical work, receiving excellent patient feedback.”
After gaining new self-confidence through her success, Celia now takes part in teaching junior staff within her team, as well as acting as a mentor for colleagues who are starting the same apprenticeship.