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Progress to Excellence Ltd and LJMU unite to celebrate support staff success

THE people who play a vital part in the running of John Moores University have been celebrated by Progrcss to Excellence Ltd as the business continues its successful collaboration with the city’s vibrant and pioneering university.

With a strong apprenticeship training relationship with LJMU, Progress to Excellence Ltd recently sponsored one of the awards delivered at this year’s Professional Services Conference Leadership Matters held on Thursday, 27 June at one of their amazing facilities in Liverpool.

Damian Burdin, Chief Executive at Progress to Excellence Ltd, said: “We are immensely proud of our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and to sponsor the Apprentice/Intern/Advocate of the Year Award was a pleasure as it highlights our shared vision on recognising exceptional students in the University.” 

The three award winners were Jodie Nelson, an intern at the World of Work Careers Centre, Elizabeth Nulty, an intern at the Faculty of Education, Health and Community, and Rob Ellis, a technical apprentice at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

Jack Mills, a placement student with the university’s IT Service, was chosen to receive the Person of the Year Award.

Damian continued: “Providing students with a place to be happy and motivated to learn is key to the future workforce. Our training and development programmes support this through high expectations and high quality service.

“Progress to Excellence Ltd delivers a wide range of apprenticeships at LJMU in facilities services and management, customer service, business administration, team leading and management. These qualifications recognise and enhance their staff and up-skill them for the future. It`s great to see all staff have the opportunity to retrain when they may not have been in learning for some time.”

He added: “The support teams have immense responsibility and, without them, the university with its 26,000 students and 6,000 staff, simply would not function as well as it does.

“This is why our partnership with John Moores is hugely successful. We have a common belief – that training brings confidence and a feeling of self-worth. As well as up-skilling colleagues, this training also facilitates possibilities of promotions and widening their scope for development in the University.”

A significant element of apprenticeship training is focused around customer care. As an acknowledged holder of the Government’s prestigious Customer Service Excellence standard, the University has been recognised for efficient, effective, excellence, equitable and empowering attributes. This is reflected in its business and customer service and is at the heart of the service provides.

Jack and Jodie are pictured with Imelda McLoughlin, Head of Apprenticeships North at Liverpool John Moores University, and Mark Power, LJMU’s Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.

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