Aurelija Grikstiene

Apprentice Housekeeper at The Headland Hotel

Aurelija collecting her award after she won Hospitality Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

Aurelija won Hospitality Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

Aurelija’s passion and dedication to her own learning is admirable. Since starting her Apprenticeship, Aurelija has been promoted to Head Housekeeper, confidently taking the reins of the largest department in the hotel. Aurelija challenged herself to take on appraisal meetings, inductions and training for the Housekeeping team, requiring little to no support and now 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. Functional skills were Aurelija’s main challenge due to English not being her first language, but she dedicated her time outside of work and study to focus on these skills. She is an inspiration to others, demonstrating that if you push yourself outside of your comfort zone, you can achieve a whole new level of success.