An apprentice working in the Trust's learning disability services has been recognised at the recent Sheffield College awards.
Molly Wright scooped the Adult Achievement Award at the ceremony on 19 May 2022.
The awards showcase the achievements of apprentices in Sheffield and celebrate the positive impact they have on their employers.
Molly finished her Level 3 Team Leader apprenticeship in September 2021, passing the course with a distinction and has since moved onto a new role in the Trust’s learning disability services as a Team Administrator.
This isn’t the first apprenticeship course that Molly has passed, having previously completed a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship while working as a Secretary in the Sheffield Memory Service.
Speaking about her award win Molly said: “I was in shock when I found out I’d won an award! Completing an apprenticeship has given me not only the skills I need to progress in my career, but the confidence that I can do it. I’ve learned things like budgeting and project management that I didn’t think I’d need but can see how important they are in more senior roles if I want to progress.
“My apprenticeship had lots of challenges along the way, but I overcame them and it has given me the self-belief I needed to step up to a more senior role and take on more responsibility.”
Angela Capewell is an Apprentice Team Leader at Sheffield College and supervised Molly's apprenticeship. She said: "I nominated Molly for the award due to her hard work and commitment to the course during a difficult time at work. There were lots of changes happening within her team and it was a very hectic challenging time during which Molly was supporting staff, keeping things moving an staff motivated. She continued with her coursework and our planned meetings. Molly grew during this time as an individual, she matured and really stepped up to the tasks, challenges and the work which was being set by me."
Molly spent 18 months studying for her apprenticeship while working a full time role. That meant completing coursework in her own time, attending workshops at Sheffield College and providing evidence of her learning.
“I really had to put the hard work in to get to where I am now, but it was all worth it. Looking back now I can see just how far I have come. I’m not sure what I’ll do next, but I know that with more experience I can continue to develop my skills even more.
“An apprenticeship is a really helpful way to start your career or help you progress. Being able to earn while I learned was a huge help and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to take the next step in their career.
“I want to say a huge thank you to my tutors and colleagues who have supported me every step of the way.”
You can find out more about the apprenticeships on offer at SHSC here.