Apprentices show why they are the A-Team

22 year-old Ciaran Murphy from Rode Heath has been named Cheshire East Council’s A-Team Apprentice of the Year 2013.

Ciaran receives his award from Councillor Barry Moran

Ciaran works in the Council’s economic development and regeneration team and was presented with the coveted trophy by Cabinet member in charge of performance, Councillor Barry Moran.

Describing Ciaran as ‘an outstanding apprentice’, the judges noted that ‘he acts as a role model for the programme by virtue of his commitment, his enthusiasm and his dedication to the role, not only helping us to deliver, but leading on the delivery of large scale schemes, projects and updates that form a backbone of our service.’

Ciaran said: “It was a real honour to be given this award as it wasn’t something I expected to happen. It is nice to know the work that I, and the other apprentices do, is appreciated by the Council. I could have gone to university but I have found that the on-the-job learning that the A-Team has given me means I am much more equipped for the world of work. It has been, and continues to be, a great experience for me.”

There were two joint runners-up prizes awarded to 19-year-old Josh Black from Macclesfield, from waste and recycling and 25-year-old Ross Clark fromCrewe, from the revenues department.

Judges were also impressed by Josh’s commitment to ‘go the extra mile to make sure the customers’ needs have been met’ and commented on how Ross had ‘delivered an outstanding contribution within his work placement and exceeded expectations.’

Councillor Barry Moran said: “I’m delighted to present this award to Ciaran. He exemplifies the success of the A-Team and consistently demonstrates a ‘can-do’ attitude, exactly the quality any employer is looking for.

“The A-Team apprentice scheme has been running for three years with hugely successful outcomes. The Council employs around 60 apprentices each year offering a diverse cross-section of qualifications including business administration, finance, childcare, social media and horticulture.”

Susan Malec, the council’s A-Team co-ordinator, added: “During 2013, we have had 39 young people complete their apprenticeship with 17 moving to positions within the Council or one of its partner organisations and 15 securing well-paid positions within the private sector. Well done to all of them.”

The award-winning apprenticeship scheme ensures a young person gains extensive work experience. They are supported and mentored throughout their placement as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

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