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National Apprenticeship Week (6-12 February 2023) brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses, and the wider economy.

We are delighted to share our Apprentices of 2023, as nominated by the team at Train Together.

Olivia Candy – Olivia is an exceptional learner, she currently carries out the role of Senior Practitioner with an Exploitation SpecialismYoung People’s Service | Northamptonshire Children’s Trust. With Train Together she is carrying out her level 5 Children, Young People & Families Manager Apprenticeship Standard. Her work ethic is exceptional, leading her to produce high standards of written work. However, it is her preparation, research, and delivery of information during professional discussions that is outstanding. When Olivia has been observed supporting colleagues with different learning activities, she arranges the event, reassures her colleagues and carries out her responsibilities to the highest of standards. Olivia is a pleasure to support, she is humorous, kind-hearted, and passionate about her specialism. She has taken on further responsibilities, outside of her role and is driven to succeed and progress through her career, Recently been involved in interview processes for more senior roles in her own and a different trust.  She goes the extra mile for colleagues and she has so much experience and an eye for detail, that makes her a born leader. 

Tom Clarke – Tom has worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months to complete his apprenticeship. His dedication towards his studies is a testament to his exam results and progression in the workplace. Tom’s workshop attendance and engagement with the Mindful Education learning platform have been outstanding throughout the programme and his confidence has grown a tremendous amount over the last few months as he has come to grips with key accounting concepts and tasks required in his role. He is a pleasure to teach.

Denise Durrant  – Denise is currently an apprentice on the Learning Mentor Programme and has been fully committed throughout with a positive attitude, managing her time around a new position within her organisation after starting the apprenticeship, as well as taking on a considerable amount of training within the new role. Denise has taken ownership of her learning and worked collaboratively with the trainer coach adapting plans to meet her new role. Denise has also embraced the transition to the new e-portfolio system BUD and is working hard for early completion which she is on track to achieve.  

Alex GarbettAlex has been committed, hard-working and a fantastic learner to work with. His dedication to the course has never wavered and his adherence to functional skills has been first-class. Alex has done a good job of balancing his work duties with his coursework and deserves recognition for his achievement.

Carla Mountford – Carla has been a great learner from start to finish; she loves learning! She has also completed AEB courses to enhance her knowledge and skills on Autism.  Carla is now in the gateway for EPA, and wants to complete her level 4 HLTA next.  Always completed tasks on time, and the standard of work has always been great.  As a learner, Carla stands out because of the dedication and commitment she has for the school and her students.

Lois Riley – Lois is a very proactive learner who has engaged throughout the whole process and offered constructive feedback at the mock exam stage.  This includes feedback to both her manager and trainer throughout the whole process.

Katherine Smith – Katie joined Train Together as our apprentice on the library, information and archive programme in November 2021 and hit the ground running. Katherine’s work is always of a high standard, and she actively takes part in continuous professional development in her role. She has applied herself 100% which her employer had also praised her for. She has a busy role and manages her time and is always positive and a pleasure to work with as her tutor.


Congratulations to you all! It’s a pleasure to be supporting you and to see you get the very most out of your apprenticeship experience.

At Train Together we’re passionate about transforming lives and enabling both businesses and individual learners to achieve their goals. If you have any apprenticeship questions, please do get in touch.

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