Chloe Johnson received the highly commended award in the Advanced Apprentice of the year category.

Chloe is a care leaver and has done an incredible amount of work with children’s services on support for children in care. She is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and develops trusted relationships, which enable her to support clients to change their behaviour. She has worked hard in her apprenticeship role alongside training for a health and social care NVQ.

The regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards were held at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, with a variety of public and private employers coming together in recognition of outstanding, innovative work in the apprenticeship sector.

Now in their sixteenth year, the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the diverse and growing range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships. The awards celebrate employers who fire up their business with apprenticeships, outstanding apprentices who blaze their own trail, and individuals who champion apprenticeships with passion.

Speaking on her recognition at the awards, Chloe said:

“It is such an amazing feeling to receive recognition for the work I do. When I look back on how far I have come and how much I have achieved it really is an indescribable feeling. Rochdale Borough Council has given me so much support to progress in my career and I am extremely grateful." 

Chloe joined the council in September 2016 on a level 3 business administration apprenticeship as a community champion administrator in economic affairs. Whilst Chloe was with this team, they encouraged her into her long term career goal of social work and adapted the role and opportunities to provide a more front facing service to service users.

Chloe completed her level 3 business administration with Rochdale Training and she won business administration advanced apprentice of the year at their 2018 awards ceremony.

Due to Chloe’s ambition and dedication, and the continued support from her team, she then progressed onto a level 3 lead adult care worker apprenticeship standard and has recently passed this apprenticeship with a ‘distinction’, the first at Rochdale Council to achieve this grading on this apprenticeship standard.  She has secured a permanent role in adult care services as an assessment and support planning officer and hopes to progress onto the social work degree apprenticeship sometime in the future.

Councillor Kieran Heakin, portfolio holder for children’s services, said: “Chloe is a wonderful success story about what you can achieve through an apprenticeship when you work hard and are dedicated. She deserves all the recognition she is getting and she’ll be an inspiration to new apprentices that join us. We’re very lucky to have an employee like Chloe.”

Over the last two years the council has created 132 new apprenticeship posts across the council and schools with 98 per cent going to borough residents.

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