King’s Lynn hospital’s apprentice co-ordinator up for award

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A Queen Elizabeth Hospital employee is one step away from national recognition after scooping a regional award for her outstanding work.

Sharon Carter – the apprentice co-ordinator at the Lynn hospital – has won the business impact regional inspiration award.

Her success came in the businesses with more than 50 employees category and she is now off to the national finals, at Roof Gardens, in London, on Wednesday, July 7.

Mrs Carter said: “I was extremely surprised and proud to have been nominated for doing the work which I enjoy.

“I think this nomination is a reflection of all the hard work, achievements and the impact of the apprentices at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”

Mrs Carter has been instrumental in ensuring apprentices gain vital skills and experience to find work in their desired field.

This has been particularly so in the past year when she has created a new traineeship scheme in partnership with The College of West Anglia.

Testament to her dedicated work, the QEH apprentices came sixth out of 108 teams in the 2014 annual Brathay Apprentice Challenge - a national charity competition to highlight companies providing apprentices with corporate and social responsibilities to build a strong career base.

Mrs Carter, who has worked at the hospital for more than five years, is looking forward to attending the event in London in July.

Gerry Dryden, director of human resources, said: “I am delighted for Sharon.

“She is the kind of exemplary member of staff the Trust commends, incorporating the hospital’s values into her work every day and she deserves to be recognised for doing so.

“Apprenticeship programmes are of great worth to the Trust and those enrolling.

“They offer staff a chance to gain the skills they need to progress in their career while supporting the smooth running of our hospital.”

The learndirect local impact awards were open to businesses or organisations located in the south east region.

The inspiration accolade honours employees who are inspiring young people through their work experience programmes and enabling them to make the connections between the classroom and the world of work.