An apprentice from Interserve Learning & Employment has been announced as a winner at the Yorkshire and Humber National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 regional ceremony.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Kairon Flowers, (pictured on the left), aged 19, who works as a Bid Coordinator at Interserve Learning & Employment was winner in the region for Advanced Apprentice of the Year. Kairon said:

“I chose an apprenticeship as I loved the idea of gaining valuable work experience at the same time as a nationally recognised qualification. I have recently completed my Level 3 Business Administration Qualification and I am now beginning to study at Level 4. I plan to continue to study up to degree level whilst also progressing my career in Business Development – my five year plan is firmly in place; as I told the Group CEO and Nick Boles when I had to speak at a House of Commons event about my experience of apprenticeships! I am delighted to be named Yorkshire and Humber Advanced Apprentice of the Year and feel honoured to receive this award.”

Kairon won the award in recognition of the contribution she has made to Interserve Learning & Employment since joining as an apprentice in June 2015.

With a determination to perform above expectations, Kairon has proactively become a key member of the Business Development team. With eight months Bid Coordinator and industry experience, Kairon led the project management of her first bid which was successfully awarded to Interserve Learning & Employment.

Kairon has made rapid progress and has been able to directly apply her apprenticeship technical learning while quickly developing the experience to support key projects and opportunities within the business, exceeding core objectives and adding measurable value in a short space of time.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:

“The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed – in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need. Winning this award is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”

Along with the other regional winners, Kairon has now been put forward to the national judging process and could be in with a chance of celebrating further success at the national ceremony held on the 20 January 2017 at Grosvenor House, London.

The award was sponsored by EAL, the specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for industry.

To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Awards, please visit National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.