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Meet Alanta Hissey-Powell, Special Recognition Award winner at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in the beautiful setting of The Orangery at Blenheim Palace.

The Special Recognition Award, which is given to an Apprentice who has overcome barriers to work or learning to achieve within their Apprenticeship, was won by Alanta Hissey-Powell, an Apprentice Healthcare Assistant with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Alanta is well on the way to achieving her dream of becoming a nurse or midwife, having obtained her Care Certificate and secured a permanent role at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford on completion of her Apprenticeship. Difficulties at home and mental ill health posed significant barriers to Alanta’s learning and academic achievement, which her honesty and determination have enabled her to overcome.

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The award was sponsored by The Apprenticeship & Training Company, Oxfordshire’s first ESFA-approved Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), specialising in matching Apprentices and employers in the construction industry. This Award ties in very neatly with their company values, as they recognise that ‘achievement’ is often relative to the individual and not always about qualifications.

The Award was presented to Alanta by Director of Operations Paddy Patterson and board member John Donaldson. Paddy said: “We felt Alanta’s achievement stood out because of the ‘distance travelled’ between her starting point and her current position. She has demonstrated consistently high levels of commitment and determination in pushing herself forward to develop and improve her life both personally and at work. It is especially impressive to see her dedicating herself to caring for others and representing the very values that underpin the National Health Service.”

Alanta was proud and delighted to receive her Award, as were her mum Tanya, dad Malcolm and boyfriend Alan, who were there on the evening to see her collect it.

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Alanta said: "I am doing something which I enjoy and feel passionate about. I am so surprised and amazed that I have won this award! Getting the award isn't just about winning, it's about how far I have grown in the last year and the opportunities I have had due to the Apprenticeship and my workplace. Without the support of everyone I wouldn't have been able to succeed as much as I have. Never give up on your ambitions."

Heather Talbot, Deputy Matron for the Orthopaedic Short Stay Unit and Alanta’s line manager, said: "I am so proud of how Alanta has developed over the last year. Alanta has showed true determination to finish her Apprenticeship and winning this award just reflects how far she has come. Well done Alanta, we are all proud of her!"

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Congratulations also go to Kayleigh Clarke, an Apprentice Technician at Protyre and Abi Crawforth, an Engineering Apprentice at Williams Grand Prix Engineering, who received Highly Commended awards. Read all about them here.