20 November 2017

Apprentice Awards for Jordan and Lewis

Two Estates Services apprentices triumphed in the Oxford Apprentice Awards, announced yesterday at a ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre.

Jordan Morris, a Reprographics Apprentice with the University Print Studio, received the 1st Year Apprentice Award. Immediately afterwards, the 2nd Year Apprentice Award went to Lewis Aprea, Apprentice Building Maintenance Operative with the Direct Labour Organisation (DLO).

‘Jordan has embraced every aspect of the role in the Print Studio; she operates every item of machinery with confidence and has gone above and beyond the call of duty,’ wrote her manager Sarah King in nominating her for the award. ‘She demonstrates an exceptional level of commitment and loyalty to the team.’

The University Print Studio is part of the Facilities Management team within Estates Services. Since joining in 2016 she has risen to every challenge thrown her way, becoming the team’s resident expert on several new pieces of machinery and impressing everyone with her enthusiasm and can-do attitude. She’s even stepped up to handle design and document set-up duties single-handedly in a colleague’s absence – something the team would never normally expect of an apprentice. She recently applied successfully for a permanent position with the team.

Lewis, meanwhile, has impressed his colleagues from the start with his professional attitude, his maturity and the speed with which he picks up new skills. In nominating him Karen Brading, Deputy Head of the DLO, noted that he’s made such good progress that an outsider would now find it difficult or impossible to tell him apart from the team’s fully-qualified tradesmen.

‘Lewis has set the bar high for those who follow in his footsteps,’ Karen wrote. ‘His attitude to work, and in particular customer service, is exemplary. He is already extremely competent at many of the task requests that come to his team, and can be trusted from a health and safety perspective, as well as a skills perspective, to carry them out unsupervised.’ He is now working on his level 3 NVQ in carpentry, his chosen speciality, and the plan is that he will then move into permanent employment with the DLO.

The Apprentice Awards are intended to recognise the contribution apprentices make to the University and to reward the outstanding work they do across many departments and institutions.

Congratulations, Lewis and Jordan!