Northumberland Community Bank staff member, Julie Mills, has been named the winner of the Regional Apprentice of the Year award and will represent the North East at the Apprenticeships National Awards in London next month.
Julie is employed by NCB and has been taking an apprenticeship in customer services with Northumberland County Council’s learning and skills service while working there. “I was so pleased to be nominated for the award in the first place, but to win is just amazing”, says Julie.
The awards are open to apprentices, individuals who promote apprenticeships and employers of all sizes from all sectors, and Julie was shortlisted from thousands of nominees across the North East.
Julie added: “I volunteered at the Northumberland Community Bank for a few months, and then I was offered the apprenticeship. There’s no better way of getting training than hands one experience – you learn better by doing things for real.”
Chief Executive of NCB, Lauren Langton said: “We decided to take on apprentices because we wanted to grow our business, and we really like the idea of investing in people. Our apprentices are an integral part of the team and have been from day one, and that’s why they’re making such a difference.”
Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member responsible for training and skills at Northumberland County Council said: “The council’s learning and skills service in an approved apprenticeship training organisation and can support all stages of apprenticeships, from recruitment to celebrating an apprentice’s success – as we are here with Julie.”