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Apprentice Liam Flanagan wins national education award

Interserve Learning & Employment apprentice Liam Flanagan has won Outstanding BTEC Apprentice (16-18 Years) of the Year 2015 at the National BTEC Awards, entering the competition following a successful Apprenticeship with Howells Solicitors in Sheffield.

The awards recognise the nearly one million students and centres around the country that are studying or providing BTEC qualifications this year and over 800 nominations were received by the organisers across the 20 award categories.

Mark Anderson, Managing Director, Pearson UK said, “The National BTEC Awards is an opportunity for us to shout from the rooftops not just about the winners, but also about the achievements of BTEC students, apprentices, teachers, schools, colleges and training providers up and down the country.”

Now in their fifth year, the 2015 Awards were hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London earlier in July. Ahead of the Awards Ceremony, the winners, their family, friends and nominators attended a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons.
The Outstanding winner, Liam, joined Howells Solicitors Sheffield as an apprentice of Interserve Learning & Employment and holds a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Business Administration. He is now employed full-time by the company and studying for a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Customer Services in preparation for training with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Liam originally gained a Level 2 BTEC in Public Services as a Cadet Staff Sergeant Instructor in the Army Cadet Force, before deciding to pursue a career in law. After an NVQ in Business Administration, Liam chose a BTEC Apprenticeship with Howells LLP to gain first-hand experience of working in a law firm and a business qualification that would enhance his career prospects.

He was the first apprentice Howells employed and his outstanding professional approach not only secured him full-time employment with the company but also encouraged the firm to take on four additional apprentices who Liam now mentors.

As well as his impressive commitment to his studies and employer, Liam still retains a position as an adult instructor in the Army Cadet Force.

The judges described Liam as a role model for all aspiring apprentices, who had a significant responsibility as his employer’s first apprentice to prove the value of the qualification and route of learning. He opened the door through which others are now following and as such, is an excellent ambassador for BTEC Apprenticeships.
Winner Liam Flanagan, said “I am thrilled to have won this award. It is surprising to think where I was at the start of my BTEC and where I am now. My BTEC has helped me understand so much about what it means to actively work in a law firm and has helped me learn so much about business and administration. My BTEC has also helped me become a more confident and determined person, I have gained valuable work experience and I am now heading down the right path to my desired career working in Law.”
Jenny Sunderland, Liam’s Assessor at Interserve Learning & Employment added: “Liam is a prime example of the benefits of getting the apprentice and employer match just right – the right candidate can transform an employer’s experience and understanding of Apprenticeships and pave the way for future learners to join the team – just as they have at Howell’s”