Ben Stephenson, who is studying a Level 2 Teaching Assistant Qualification at Thornhill Community Academy, has been presented with a top award.
He received the Rathbone Training National Apprenticeship Week Learner Award for the dedication and teamwork he has shown while working at the school.
The award recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to their workplace, including the impact they have made on others and the benefits to the workplace of having an apprentice.
The award also celebrates the apprentice’s own personal development, any obstacles they have overcome and the benefits to their professional development of completing the apprenticeship.
Factors that have contributed to Ben winning the award were the impact he has had on specific students in the Academy, the additional French sessions he has been involved with and the fact that he took the step to leave his immediate family in France and come to the UK to take on this role – the first step on his career path.
Ben said: “I was shocked when I found out I had won the award but really pleased.
“I am grateful for the support I have had from my colleagues in school.”
Ben’s tutor Lucy Leeming, who nominated him for the award, said: “I am both proud and happy of Ben’s achievement. I also wish to thank his mentor, Caroline Holland, for all the help she has given him over the weeks and months.”
Caroline Holland added: “Ben he has gone over and above his role.
“At the moment he is working one-to-one with a student in school meeting his daily needs.
“He is a very challenging student.
“Ben loves the buzz! He is a great team player.”