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Meet Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards Apprenticeship Ambassadors of the Year Sophie and Ed

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special virtual broadcast on Thursday 1st October 2020.

In addition to celebrating the successes of Oxfordshire’s Apprentices, employers and schools, the Awards also gave us the opportunity to recognise our Apprenticeship Ambassadors through an Ambassador of the Year Award. The OxLEP Apprenticeship Ambassador scheme started in March 2015 and has seen 98 Apprenticeship Ambassadors take part to inform and inspire the next generation. There are around 25 active Apprenticeship Ambassadors at any time and OxLEP recruits 2-3 cohorts of new Ambassadors each year.

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Award was kindly sponsored by Oxford Brookes University, who understand how influential it can be to have young people who are currently undertaking an Apprenticeship to talk to other young people about their choices for the future.

The sponsors were unable to choose between two fantastic Apprenticeship Ambassadors and so decided to have joint winners this year - Sophie Pomroy, a Business Administration Apprentice at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) and Ed Pereira, a Chartered Management Degree Apprentice at Nielsen.

Sophie was recognised for the range of activities she has taken part in with OxLEP and for leading and developing the OUH Young Apprentices (16-25) Network, which provides a supportive network and empowers Apprentices at her place of work. She said: "It is a great privilege to be awarded this and to be recognised for my work throughout my apprenticeship which continues in my new role. At OUH we continue to support all our apprentices through our Young Apprentice Network, offering excellent enrichment opportunities within OUH and also across Oxfordshire."

Ed was recognised for giving inspirational talks to a wide variety of ages and levels of students and their parents/carers and for proactively seeking investment from the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network to create a ‘Day in the Life of a Degree Apprentice’ video to help ensure that young people are aware of Degree Apprenticeships and why they are a viable alternative to university. He said: "It feels great to be recognised for going into schools and colleges in the Oxon region over the last year before COVID-19 and talking to young people about Apprenticeship opportunities. There are still so many opportunities out there even though we are going through strange times... keep searching and applying!"

Watch Ed talking about his Award in this short film.

Find out all about our Apprenticeship Ambassadors here. We'd like to thank them all for their commitment to inspiring the next generation of Apprentices.

Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2021

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Award has been developed into the Apprenticeship Champion Award for 2021. This new Award will recognise individuals who have gone the extra mile to promote Apprenticeships and/or enable Apprenticeships to continue during the exceptional circumstances resulting from COVID-19. Find out more and enter or nominate someone at www.oxfordshireapprenticeships.co.uk/awards

Join us for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 1pm every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2021.