Ashleigh wins national award
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
FORMER council apprentice Ashleigh Richards has won a national award.
Ashleigh, who lives in Mangotsfield, an assistant HR adviser at Bristol City Council, triumphed in the final of the Rising Star 2016 competition.
She won the title in an open public vote in the contest organised by the Public Service People Managers’ Association (PPMA).
Ashleigh started as an apprentice at City Hall before securing a permanent position and is now active in encouraging others to follow her example.
She said: “Coming into the council as an apprentice gave me the chance to experience the world of work first hand and allowed me to develop skills and confidence under the guidance of some really great people.”
The council has almost 80 apprentices working across areas that range from skilled trades to communications and business administration.
Councillor Claire Hiscott, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “I see apprenticeships as playing a vital role in making the world of work accessible for young people across Bristol.
“Ashleigh is a shining example of what an apprenticeship scheme means to someone looking to enter the workplace.”