International Women’s Day takes place on 8 March every year. The day is all about celebrating the achievements of women and the theme this year is #BalanceForBetter, encouraging a more gender-balanced world.
We thought this was a fantastic opportunity to shout about successful women in Apprenticeships, so here’s five inspiring women who are thriving in their careers.
Aurelija Grikstiene, Head Housekeeper at Headland Hotel
During her Apprenticeship at Headland Hotel, Aurelija was promoted to Head Housekeeper, confidently taking the reins of the largest department in the hotel. Aurelija has challenged herself to take on appraisal meetings, inductions and training for the Housekeeping team and completes them to the highest standard every time. Aurelija’s commitment to her Apprenticeship comes in abundance; regularly dropping in on days off, staying late to ensure the successful running of the department and providing almost 24-hour support to her team – all whilst being a mother. Aurelija was recognised for her hard work at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, winning the Hospitality Apprentice of the Year award.
Georgia Attenborough, Hair Stylist at NV Hairdressing
Despite underlying health issues throughout her Apprenticeship, Georgia has pushed through with such a positive attitude and so much determination. Georgia has always worked far beyond the required level, showing a wide range of skills that wouldn’t be expected of an Apprentice at her level. Georgia’s work ethic is second-to-none and her desire to get the right results every time for her clients along with her positive mental attitude has led to Georgia becoming to “go to person” in her team. Georgia’s exemplary work and eagerness to succeed led to her winning Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.
Amber Charman, Social Media Coordinator at H Tempest
Throughout her Apprenticeship, Amber has demonstrated a professional and mature approach to her work at H Tempest by reviewing the business’s social media strategy and then making suggestions on how to develop it further. By researching best practice and demonstrating a real understanding of how social media can be used to build relationships with customers, Amber increased the business’s Twitter following by 1,000. Amber has never lost focus on her Apprenticeship and constantly demonstrates commitment to her learning and developing, and therefore won Management and Marketing Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.
Charlotte Laity, Timetabling Officer at Falmouth Exeter Plus
Charlotte has always shown enthusiasm for the tasks she has been set, even when faced with challenges and complex problems. She has been able to take the lead within her team in areas where there was a shortage of staff or skills and is responsible for the team’s social media. Charlotte strives to produce work of the highest standard and always looks for proactive ways to support the whole team in achieving their goals. She is such a valued and respected member of her team and was therefore nominated for and won Customer Service and Retail Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.
Bethan Kent, Finance Assistant at Tregothnan Estate
Bethan was in charge of the organisation of an Apprenticeship Recruitment Open Day at Tregothnan and delivered an exceptional presentation to prospective Apprentices. She took control of all aspects of the event from health and safety to catering and her passion came across clearly. Bethan also stayed behind to answer questions and spoke with confidence about how her role differs from day to day and what she enjoys about being an Apprentice. Bethan has consistently grown from strength to strength and has established herself as a key member of the Tregothnan team. Her hard work certainly paid off as she was awarded Accountancy Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.