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Apprentice Awards 2019

Published: 16/04/2019

Council trainees with Flintshire Academi who have successfully completed or are working towards their apprenticeships were congratulated in an Awards Ceremony held recently at Deeside 6th.

Each year a number of apprentices are recruited to work across the Council.  Currently there are 52 trainees in placements across the organisation, with 27 due to complete their training this year.  Our aim is to support them on their journey of learning and gaining employment.

The apprentices usually attend Coleg Cambria on a day release basis over two to three years whilst receiving training and assessment in the workplace.

The competition was so close this year that there were four finalists for each category.  The winners and runners-up of the prestigious awards were:

Iwan Rogers - Flintshire Trainee of the Year award – runners up Jordan Tobbell, Vicky Thomas and Patrick Marsh

Rhys Jones - Flintshire Foundation Trainee of the Year – runners up Ashley Luff, Catalina Slater and Gareth Allen.

They received their trophies from Flintshire County Council Chief Executive Colin Everett, Coleg Cambria’s Chief Executive David Jones OBE and Vice-Chair of the Council, Councillor Marion Bateman.

Iwan works in finance and has proven time and again that he is able to identify and solve problems on his own initiative so early in his accounting career.  He has passed all his exams and is only a year away from completing his Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.  Presenting the award to him, Councillor Bateman said:

“Iwan’s presentation skills have developed enormously and has become a very valuable member of the team.  He is polite and courteous and has a great personality, however he is astute and aware of the benefit of his learning which is very important.

“He knows the value of the hard work he is putting in now and how it will help him move forward.  He is a true credit to the Council.”

Rhys, who is working in IT, has made excellent progress in his first year, never missing a deadline and showing a great attitude and willingness to learn.  Presenting his award, Councillor Bateman said:   

“Rhys has excellent communication skills and always keeps the customer up to date on matters. He also works well as a team and communicates to all staff in the different sections within IT.  You really can’t ask anymore from an apprentice and he is a valuable member to the team – many congratulations.”

Colin Everett, said:

“We are very proud of our Flintshire apprentice scheme which is recognised by neighbouring authorities and further education providers as best practice with our partnership with Coleg Cambria.  We have an excellent success rate with 98% of trainees gaining employment either within the Council or externally and some moving onto University to continue their studies.”

David Jones said:

“We were delighted to host this prestigious event. The college work closely with the Council to provide an apprentice programme that allows people of all ages to gain qualifications whilst building practical skills and experience in the workplace.  It is so good to see that the Council has such a positive approach to training and has succeeded in appointing and developing such talented and impressive trainees.” 

Melissa Southern And Ben McLean presenting the charity cheque for £1000
to David Jones for the NSPCC charity. 

Money raised by completing a charity abseil and a quiz night.


Iwan Rogers winner of the Trainee of the Year 2019 receiving award from Vice Chairman Marion Bateman


Patrick Marsh (IT), Catalina Slater (Plumbing), Jordan Tobbell (IT), Ashley Luff (IT), 
Vice Chair, Iwan Rogers (finance), Rhys Jones (IT),Vicky Thomas (Mold Alun School),
Gareth Allen (Painting and decorating) 




Vice Chair and Rhys Jones winner of the Foundation Trainee of the Year Award




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