I work as an Apprentice Clinical Trial Support Officer (CTSO) based in Surgical Interventions Trials Unit (SITU), a part of Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), completing my Level 2 & 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Oxford University Apprenticeships and Abingdon & Witney College. I also volunteer as an Apprenticeship Ambassador for OxLEP and Oxford University Apprenticeships, helping to promote and spread awareness about apprenticeships.
My apprenticeship has not only provided me lots of knowledge and skills within the Clinical Trials and Business Administration world but has also massively increased my confidence and introduced to me a range of opportunities, such as attending an Apprentice Trip to Brussels organised by MEP, Judith Bunting.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we couldn't attend a face-to-face event. So, on the evening of the 1st of October, OxLEP Apprenticeships broadcast an exciting virtual awards ceremony where they recognise apprentices and businesses alike for their hard work, talent, and dedication towards apprenticeships. When I heard Abbott Diabetes Care announce on the broadcast that I had been awarded the 'Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2020,' I couldn't believe it! So, when I continued watching and High Spec Composites announced that I had also won overall 'Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year 2020,' I was in complete shock. I felt so honoured to have been awarded both fabulous awards and recognised for my determination throughout my apprenticeship. I am extremely grateful to have such a supportive team here at SITU, NDORMS.
A few weeks later, I was lucky enough to meet (at a 2m distance) Mel Ringer from the OxLEP Apprenticeships team and collect my awards. As the main sponsor, the High Spec Composites team (including their creative apprentices) took the time to create a beautiful bespoke, carbon fibre trophy which I am truly grateful to hold.
I hope to take this moment, along with the skills and experience that I have gained from my apprenticeship and apply this to my future career.