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Student named Apprentice of the Year

March 28, 2013

An Apprentice from Chester secured the top award at West Cheshire College’s Star Apprenticeship Awards following her outstanding performance during her Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Emma Wardle was named Star Apprentice of the Year

Emma Wardle, 20, from Chester, won the ‘Star Apprentice of the Year’ Award whilst working at HETTY pre-school in Hoole.

The Awards were held as part of the College’s National Apprenticeship Week (11th-15th March) celebrations and recognised 18 of the College’s most talented Apprentices from industry sectors including pharmacy, beauty, retail, engineering and health & social care. Emma also won the Star Apprenticeship Award in Children and Young People’s Workforce during the ceremony.

Emma said: “I’m so shocked but delighted to have won this award. I really enjoy my role and HETTY is a great place to work which is why I am so enthusiastic about my job.

“Working with children is something I have always wanted to do. I chose an Apprenticeship as I thought that it is the best route into the industry.

“I’ve learnt so much from doing the Apprenticeship as you get hands-on experience and working with young children on a day-to-day basis means that my skills have developed really quickly.

“When I finish my Apprenticeship, I would really like to stay working at HETTY and develop my role there.”

Denise Bowes, Manager at HETTY pre-school, said: “Emma is a wonderful, hard-working member of staff who always has a smile on her face.

“She is a natural with the children here and has been a real asset to the team. Her Apprenticeship has really helped her to develop in her role and she has really progressed since starting here.

“I’m delighted she has won the award as she really does deserve it.”                                                             

Bev Aiston, Manager for Work-Based Learning Care & Children’s Services at West Cheshire College, said: “Emma has been a joy to assess and her work is of a high standard. We have received nothing but good feedback from her employer.”

For more information about Apprentices call West Cheshire College’s Apprenticeship hotline on 01244 656499 or visit

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