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Elena wins Advanced Apprentice of the Year

28 March, 2014

Elena Prosser, an apprentice in City Health Care Partnership CIC’s Evolve eating disorder service, scooped the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award at a ceremony in Leeds earlier this month.

The judges were looking for commitment to learning, a contribution to the workplace and examples of how the apprentice has been successful and inspirational.

Elena is in the second year of her advanced apprenticeship in health and social care after starting out as a volunteer, where the team recognised her potential. The apprenticeship began as non-clinical but her employers decided to expand it so that she could work as a support, time and recovery worker as well as learning clerical skills. She now works closely with the clinical team and with clients.

Pearl Armstrong, NVQ Assessor, who has worked closely with Elena said, “Elena has shown real tenacity and commitment in achieving her qualification earlier than expected as she committed over and above the level of work she was required to do. Elena’s academic and practical work has given her a greater understanding of her specialist role within eating disorders, and why and how the work she’s undertaking fits into the overall objectives of the service, which is something that can only benefit both her as a person and her employers.”

Mike Johnson, Evolve team leader and Elena’s supervisor said, “Elena embraced the role with confidence and energy, contributing hugely to numerous projects within Evolve’s service development. She is a great example of how taking advantage of opportunities can make a real difference to your career, and we’re very proud of her achievements.”