In March Stephen Moir, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council presented two awards to Softwerx's apprentice as part of the Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards 2022. Congratulations to Softwerx's apprentices, who scooped accolades. Phoebe Ward was Highly Commended in the Working with People category, and Faith Akinbo won not only the Personal Achievement Award, but also the Apprentice of the Year award!
- 24 February 2022, last updated 31 March 2022
Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards 2022
In March we celebrated National Apprenticeships Week and concurrently the Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards took place, hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. These were the first Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards. They aim to recognise, showcase and celebrate the commitment, hard work, and achievements of individuals completing and supporting an apprenticeship within the county.
The Personal Achievement Award
The Personal Achievement Award recognises individuals who have made significant progress and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their apprenticeship. Many of the nominees chosen showcased incredible resilience and growth.
Faith Akinbo is a Microsoft Research Analyst Marketing Apprentice at Softwerx and won the Personal Achievement Award. She moved to Cambridge in 2020 from Doncaster, Yorkshire. Despite setbacks like the pandemic, she managed to thrive despite having to adjust to an unfamiliar environment away from her friends and family. She is currently in her second year of her BSc Honours Digital Marketing degree through Anglia Ruskin University’s degree apprenticeship programme. Her focus at Softwerx is on design and creative communications, where she works on the whole Adobe Creative Suite as well as blogs, newsletters and graphics. Outside of work, Faith enjoys animation films and going to see the opera in London.
The Team Working Award
The Team Working Award recognises an individual who has built and maintained excellent working relationships and has had a positive impact on team performance by providing encouragement and support. This year, Phoebe Ward, Microsoft Research Analyst was highly commended in this category. She started in 2020 and is in her second year of a degree apprenticeship also at Anglia Ruskin University. Phoebe grew up in Cambridgeshire and enjoys exploring the city outside of work. Her focus is on events, the website, social media and networking and she has done outstanding collaborative work with colleagues inside of Softwerx as well as with the company’s broader network. She also gives talks about the importance of apprenticeships at local colleges and has produced a video with tips for aspiring apprentices.
Apprentice of the Year Award
Selected from all categories was an overall Apprentice of the Year Award. The judges looked for an exceptional apprentice who demonstrates high levels of achievement and impact at work. Faith Akinbo scooped this award against a strong field of nominees. Faith has this to say about the award: “Winning the Apprentice of the year award was very surprising – I am humbled by everyone’s recognition of my efforts.”
The presentation of the awards
On the 8th of March, Stephen Moir, the Chief Executive at Cambridgeshire County Council, and his team came down to Softwerx to present Faith the awards. They celebrated over cakes and tea with Faith’s team and hosted a mini-presentation ceremony, which included taking photos with her trophies and certificates.
Softwerx extend thanks to Form the Future for supporting our apprentices, and to Anglia Ruskin University who have made this success possible.
Anne Bailey, CEO and Co-Founder of Form the Future who have been supporting Softwerx in the apprenticeship programme commented, “It’s been so rewarding to work with Softwerx to create new apprenticeship opportunities, and wonderful to see Faith win this award. We’re delighted to see Softwerx’s apprenticeship programme go from strength to strength and we look forward to continuing to inspire the next generation of young men and women to pursue careers in tech.”
Softwerx looks forward to building on this success into the future, so watch this space.
Watch the full ceremony here: https://youtu.be/7BBbXMci810
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