Apprentice Joshua receives national award

award winning apprentice Joshua Hanson

award winning apprentice Joshua HansonA Kirklees Council apprentice has been recognised for his hard work and commitment over the last 12 months.

Joshua Hanson, 21, who has recently completed an apprenticeship in Cleaning & Environmental Services, finished in the top five of UK apprentices involved in the horticultural sector.

The Association for Public Service Excellence, who held the awards event, rated candidates on the qualifications gained, training undertaken and references from both their college and workplace mentors.

Steve Taylor, head of the council’s parks apprenticeship scheme said:

It is a great achievement for Joshua, and he should be justifiably proud of himself. To make it even better, he is a really nice lad who has fitted in very well, and thought of highly by his colleagues.

Reflecting on his time spent as a council apprentice, Joshua said: “I’ve gained not only a great deal of knowledge about horticulture, but also a boost to my self-confidence due to the challenge of the job and the support given to me by the staff.”

Joshua would like to continue to develop is skills and pursue a career within horticultural. Regarding his future prospects, Joshua said:

All in all, the apprenticeship has improved my life greatly, with all the training and courses you go through, I’m hoping it will make it hard for companies not to want to hire me!”

During the event, Kirklees Council also received an award for their ongoing commitment to apprenticeships and supporting the ongoing development of skills in the local and future workforce.

The photo shows (L-R):

  • Mo Baines, APSE Head of Communication and Coordination
  • Sallyann Baldry, Business Development Director at LANTRA (sponsor of the awards event)
  • Joshua Hanson, our award winning apprentice.

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