Meet Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Jo Allen

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Thursday 4th April 2019 in the stunning setting of Jurys Inn Oxford.

The Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award was won by Josephine Allen, an Apprentice Training Administrator working in the Professional Development Group (PDG) in the Oxford Learning Institute (OLI), which is one of the University of Oxford’s main staff training departments.

Jo always goes above and beyond the responsibilities of her role to ensure that the work of the PDG is supported administratively. She is a friendly and fun person to have around and has grown in confidence and capability during her Apprenticeship, always looking for ways to develop her skills and learn new ones.

Jo’s line manager, Professional Development Administrator Liisa O’Brien said: “Jo came to the OLI a year ago with little administrative experience but a drive to learn how to become a training administrator. She joined at a time of significant change and has been pivotal in supporting and working within the administration team in implementing a number of new IT systems to streamline the professional development group course and programme administration. Jo is a hardworking and conscientious colleague who goes above and beyond to support colleagues with any administrative request that she is given. Jo has thrived in working on new projects where she can use her creative flare and has a can do attitude to all tasks that she is given.”

The Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award was sponsored and judged by electrical engineering firm Darke & Taylor. Compliance & Operations Manager Tanya Webb said: “Jo came across as a confident and very positive young lady who has not only had a massive impact in the department she works in but has also set up an Apprenticeship Network within the University of Oxford to support the current Apprentices and also promote Apprenticeships to other departments. Jo said that if she won this award it would give her more empowerment to get meetings with the department heads to further sell Apprenticeships.”

Jo said: “Winning the award was a complete surprise and rather overwhelming! It has made me realise that I should be very proud of what I have achieved in my department and Apprenticeship so far. I am also incredibly lucky and grateful to be working in a department that is so supportive and to have a manager who is really committed to my development.”

“I am proud to be an Apprentice and since winning the award my Apprenticeship Network for University colleagues has had a huge burst of interest, meaning I will be able to connect even more Apprentices with each other and help spread the word of the fantastic opportunity Apprenticeships create. It was wonderful being surrounded by such a professional and talented group of Apprentices and every Apprentice who was at the event truly deserved to be there.”

See our article for details of all the winning and highly commended entrants.