College apprentice shines in regional apprenticeship competition

The talented technician was recognised at the Health England - Kent, Surrey and Sussex - Apprenticeship and Support Workforce Awards.

Sinnead achieved runner-up in the Apprentice of the Year 2017 - Level 3 Clinical Award category.

The event was attended by representatives from a number of health organisations across the region, including NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and primary care employers.

Before the awards, delegates heard from guest speakers including Kelly Porter, a current apprentice at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, and James Lowell, Director of Clinical Operations for Women and Children’s Services at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, who started his career in the NHS as a porter

Sinnead proved so successful whilst on her Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory Science, she has been offered a full-time position at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate.

Suzanne Sidders, Laboratory Science Assessor and Lecturer, is thrilled with her progress. She said: “After completing her Level 3 Forensic Science course at Canterbury College, Sinnead was employed as an apprentice by the NHS studying the Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory Science.

“She has been an excellent student and has worked very hard on her course programme. I am so pleased she was nominated for an award - this is testament to her great work. We wish Sinnead all the best in her new employment in the Pathology Department - an exciting start to her career in science!”

For more information on the wide range of apprenticeship schemes offered by Canterbury College please visit the apprenticeships page