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Awards for Haverhill’s best young apprentices

By Josh Thomas, Local Democracy Reporter

Young Haverhill apprentices have been rewarded for their outstanding work.

The winners of the inaugural ONE Haverhill Apprenticeship Awards, sponsored by Sanofi, were announced at an event hosted by The Days Inn Haverhill on Friday, July 17.

Prizes were awarded in five categories: Apprentice of the Year; Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, sponsored by 1st Stop Recruitment; Overcoming Adversity, sponsored by Cambridge Regional College; Apprentice Champion of the Year, sponsored by West Suffolk College; and the Highly Commended judges’ award, sponsored by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Madeline O’Mahoney of Fiscale Ltd was named Apprentice of the Year and presented with a trophy and an iPad Mini by Jim Moretta of awards sponsor Sanofi.

Madeline had impressed the judges with her drive and willingness to go the extra mile. Since starting at Fiscale Ltd, she has taken a whole range of professional exams and has taken every opportunity to improve her skills and experience.

Sarah Howard MBE, chairman of ONE Haverhill Board and one of the judges, said: “It was very obvious to us, the judging panel, that Madeline has added real value to her company and is a real asset and proof of just how effective the apprenticeship system can be,”

Madeline, 19, said: “I am delighted to receive the award. I am so shocked I just didn’t expect to win, I am so happy Fiscale also won Apprenticeship Employer of the Year because they really recognize and reward your hard work and make me feel I am really making a difference.”

Fiscale Ltd won the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award.

The Overcoming Adversity Award was presented toCharliee Harris of Huffers Café. Charliee left school with no formal qualifications and no knowledge of food or life skills. She is now able to cook and attends two evening classes a week to improve her literacy and numeracy.

Apprentice Champion of the Year was won by Emma Conroy of Haverhill Town Council. The Judges said that Emma has become, “a role model for other young people looking for an apprenticeship”. She has worked with other young people undertaking the Prince’s Trust courses and spread the word amongst residents at the Cangle, where she used to live, to encourage others to follow the path she took.

The Highly Commended Award went to Apprentice Richard Scarfe and his employers Culina Logistics. The judges felt that the relationship between apprentice and employer was so productive and mutually respectful that they needed a special award.

Richard said of his employers, Culina Logistics: “Not only have Culina changed my life with the opportunity they have given me, they are showing that investing in young local talent can be beneficial.”

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