12 January 2017

Apprentice Awards for Estates people

Estates Services staff were among those honoured in the annual Oxford University Apprentice Awards last month.

Colin White, Patrol Team Supervisor within Security Services, won the Apprentice Supervisor Award after being nominated by Mason Malin, one of the apprentices under his management, for the exceptional support he’s provided over the course of 2016.

Apprenticeship Awards 2016

‘[Colin] has made me feel like a member of the team and not the new guy or the apprentice,’ Mason said. ‘He has boosted my confidence not just in the job but as a person.’

Meanwhile, the University Apprenticeships Manager’s award for an outstanding contribution to the Apprenticeships Scheme – usually given to an individual – this year went to Lisa Hofen, John Weston and Stephen Woodward, the three FM colleagues who have taken charge of recruiting, supervising and training the eight new FM apprentices who joined late last year. The three have even spent their own time becoming qualified to assess the apprentices’ progress towards NVQs in facilities management.

Apprenticeship Awards 2016

Apprenticeship Awards 2016

The annual awards ceremony aims to recognise apprentices for their progress and managers for their contribution to the scheme. It was held at the Sheldonian Theatre in December and attended by more than 130 staff, family and friends.

University of Oxford apprenticeships give people of all ages the opportunity to gain experience and achieve qualifications while earning a salary. Mason and his colleague Daniel Hewitt can both attest to this – they have gained NVQ level 2 in Customer Service and have now joined Security Services team as permanent team members. Congratulations to everyone!