Congratulations on the menu for HIT South’s apprentice achievers!

Posted: 20th of March 2015 by Chris Rose

Sue Neal (Dorset), Chloe Tallett (Hampshire), Paulina Skrzypek (Berkshire) and Frances Girdlestone (Thames Valley) were all named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in their own regions while Callum Outen, also from Hampshire, was crowned ‘Overall Apprentice of the Year’ for the whole of the HIT South area.

All the apprentices received their certificates and awards from John Hyde, executive chairman of HIT Training, and Anthony Cox, general manager of the renowned Danesfield House Hotel, sister hotel to the host venue, the Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa near Newbury.  The event, which was also attended by the apprentices’ trainer-assessors, area managers, employers, friends and families, was held to recognise individual achievement and to celebrate their success.

“Every single learner here today has displayed amazing commitment, dedication, perseverance and a determination to complete their qualifications,” said Lester Biddle, regional manager for HIT South, at the event.

HIT South’s overall winner Callum, said Lester, had shown remarkable strength of character and a relentless commitment to achieving his qualification despite a range of life hurdles including homelessness and the death of his younger brother from cancer., Now studying for his Level 2 Customer Service qualification, Callum works at the popular Pompey Stand Up café and takeaway in Portsmouth.

Of the regional award winners, Sue Neal was praised for persevering with her studies while working her way up from part time dining room assistant to assistant cook at the Forum School in Blandford, which provides specialist education and 24 hour care for students aged 7-19 with autistic spectrum disorders. Chloe Tallett, events coordinator at Portsmouth Yacht club, was described as ‘a hard worker with bags of initiative’ who overcame some personal challenges to complete her studies.

Paulina, who works for the Regus serviced office provider in Reading, was congratulated for ‘always demonstrating determination and resourcefulness’ during her studies, while Frances, who 20 years ago originally trained to be a legal secretary but gave up to have five children, is now ‘rediscovering her love of learning’ and combines her studies with working at the Windmill Hill Golf Club in Milton Keynes.

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