PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2015

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Carl Stevens wins PPMA Apprentice of the Year!

Apprentice of the Year aims to shine a light on passionate, committed public service workers at the start of their career and this year we got that in abundance!

We saw our highest number of entrants to the competition with over 50 applications received which were whittled down to a shortlist of 22 delegates from 20 different public sector organisations.

Following a tough two days of group exercises, on the spot questions and presentations, Carl Stevens from Essex Fire and Rescue Service was crowned overall winner of PPMA Apprentice of the Year. Presenting Carl with his award, Georgina Catalinotto, Talent Programme Manager for Manpower Group UK commended Carl on his consistent performance throughout the two days, his passion, enthusiasm and the compassion he showed for his fellow delegates.

Georgina was joined on the judging panel by Colette Quinn, HR Advisor oneSource on behalf of London Borough of Havering and Newham and Ellie Goddard, PPMA Rising Stars 2013 winner and Organisational Design Manager, Orbis partnership between East Sussex and Surrey County Councils.

As well as our winner, Ellie presented Justine Burrows from Nottingham City Council with the “Spirit of Apprentice of the Year” award and Colette presented Terry White from South Gloucestershire Council with the “Outstanding Development” award. All three winners gave outstanding performances in their presentation to the judges on the final day of the competition.

Leatham Green, Talent Lead for PPMA and Programme Director: People and Change for Orbis coached each of the delegates in a variety of communication masterclasses and described the event as the highlight of his year.

Carl will be celebrated at the charity awards dinner at the PPMA Annual Seminar in June 2016.


PPMA’s Public Service Apprentice of the Year Finalists

We are delighted to share with you the finalist of this year’s Public Service Apprentice of the Year. This year we have really captured the interest of our future leaders with over 50 applicants and as a result we have decided to increase the number of applicants to invite through to the final event which will be held on 3 and 4 September at Warwick University. The quality of applications was extremely impressive and it was a tough task to short list our finalists – thank you to all apprentices who took the time and made the effort to apply.

Your 2015 finalists are:

Miss Alice Allen Black Country Partnership Foundation NHS Trust Health Records Clerk Apprentice
Miss Elysia Barrick Westminster City Council Apprentice Sports Development Officer
Miss Justine Burrows Nottingham City Council Direct Payments Officer
Miss Ashley Chadwick West Sussex County Council HR Higher Apprentice – Acting up to Learning and Development Commissioner
Mr Roberto Escorcio Surrey County Council Recruitment Team Apprentice
Mr John Gbla Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust People Development Apprentice
Miss Shelley Hickman Sussex Downs College Business Administration Apprentice
Mr Thomas Hill Leicester City Council IT Apprentice
Miss Chloe Homer Bristol City Council TWS Finance Apprentice
Mr Kieran Kapusta Coventry City Council Joint Commissioning Team Apprentice
Miss Amelia Kury Kent County Council Apprentice Participation Worker
Miss Naomi Lloyd NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Receptionist
Miss Zara Mahmood Trafford Borough Council Legal Apprentice
Mr Dean Martin London Borough of Havering Technical Support Assistant
Miss Deanna Mason Bristol City Council Apprentice Business Administrator
Miss Megan Mounty Wiltshire Council Apprentice to the Cabinet / PA to the Associate Director of Highways
Miss Tamara Owen East Sussex County Council Procurement Project Officer
Miss Molly Roast oneSource (on behalf of the London Borough of Newham) Strategic Procurement Officer
Miss Emily Smith-Adams Braintree District Council Procurement Apprentice
Mr Carl Stevens Essex Fire & Rescue Service Apprentice Engineer
Miss Georgina Taylor Warwickshire County Council Apprentice Administration Assistant
Mr Jamie Walker Bristol City Council Business Administration Apprentice
Miss Shakira West-Moreland Swindon Borough Council Housing Apprentice (Empty Homes)
Mr Terry White South Gloucestershire Council Payroll Services Apprentice

We look forward to sharing the highlights of the event with you and we wish all of our finalists the very best of luck in Warwick.


Do you employ an exceptional Apprentice? Someone who is excited by learning? Committed to building a career and has the potential and talent to make a real difference within the public sector? If you do, we want to hear from them.

We are looking to identify the PPMA Apprentice Of The Year, the one who really stands out.

We are looking for the most exceptional apprentices, those who are really fired up by learning, the ones who are really going to make a difference within the sector. The PPMA Apprentice of the year will provide personalised development opportunities, access to senior people to support the career development of participating Apprentices. This event is supported by Manpower Group.

If you believe you have such an employee who is part of a Public Sector Apprenticeship programme then we would love to hear from them. Remember this event is targeting Apprentices from across all areas of your organisation including HR. It is your chance to raise the profile of the great support the HR profession is seeking to deliver to raising the aspirations of young people across the public sector.

Entry is free for PPMA members and £175+vat for non members and is easy. Simply ask your nominated Apprentice to fill in and return an online application form, available by clicking the link below. The application form will be used to select the best 15 Apprentices who will be invited to a two day and one night development workshop and assessment in Warwickshire on the 3rd and 4th September 2015.

Click here for the application form

Completed application forms should be returned to Vicky.Graham2@eastsussex.gov.uk by 31st July 2015.