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Meet Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards Apprentice of the Year Katie Chegwin

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 Apprentice of the Year Award was won by Katie Chegwin, Apprentice Clinical Trials Support Officer at the Botnar Research Centre, part of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) at the University of Oxford, who was also named Higher Apprentice of the Year. Katie was chosen as the overall winner by headline sponsors Liga College because she is an inspirational and ambitious Apprentice who continually strives to improve, an extremely valued and important member of her team and great example of how effective Apprenticeships can be both for employers and Apprentices.

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Lisa Traynor, Head of Learning and Development at Nielsen, who sponsored the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award, said: “Confident, engaging and an absolute pleasure to meet, Katie has thrived throughout her Apprenticeship programmes and has gained many varied skills demonstrating what an Apprenticeship can achieve personally whilst really adding value to a company. She has worked extremely hard and has become a go-to person in the office and is certainly a success story for anyone considering applying for an Apprenticeship.”

Katie attended John Mason School in Abingdon before joining the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU) on a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in October 2015. She is currently working towards a Level 4 Business Administration Diploma with Henley College. Katie is keen to help raise awareness of Apprenticeships and plans to join us as an Apprenticeship Ambassador to help spread the word.

Katie said: “I could not feel happier to have been awarded with the title of Oxfordshire’s Apprentice of the Year 2018, as well as winning the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award. From being initially nominated and then shortlisted, having an interview with Nielsen and then attending the awards evening at Blenheim Palace, it was an all-round fantastic experience that I will never forget.”

“Everyone has been so supportive and willing me on to do well. That is what you get with an Apprenticeship, everyone wants to see you develop and ultimately to be a success. This has motivated me to go on and live up to the title of this award and I am hoping to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador to help inspire the next generation with their future careers.”

“I believe these awards are the ‘icing on the cake’ on what has been a great Apprenticeship for me and, for anybody thinking about jumping onto the scheme, I would say do it!”

Katie’s Line Manager, Emma Haines, said: “Katie has been incredibly driven throughout her programme and her friendly and helpful personality has made it a pleasure to support her in her Apprenticeship. Katie has a ‘can do’ attitude and is always very courteous when communicating with colleagues both in person and via email. She is a highly valued member of the team and has been a great example of how effective Apprenticeships can be for both employer and learner.”

See our article for details of all the winning and highly commended Apprentices and training providers.

Katie is pictured with Christine Graham and Wilson Black of headline sponsor Liga College.