One of our Rotational Degree Apprentice's, Chris Achiampong, was awarded ‘London Higher/Degree Apprentice of the Year’ earlier this week, at the annual National Apprenticeship Awards Regional Final. The National Apprenticeship Awards are hosted annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and are now in their 14th year; Chris faced some tough competition from other apprentices based in London and was a deserving winner!
Chris and the rest of the candidates are now waiting to hear whether they will progress to the National Final, which is being held on 18th January 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Chris has already had a successful and varied career, as he was also one of the thirteen apprentices featured in the government-led ‘Get in go far’ campaign, which highlights the value of degree apprenticeships and other non-traditional routes to employment. Chris worked at IBM (his ‘home company’) during his first apprenticeship placement; since starting his journey in September 2015, He has worked in two different sales roles at IBM: within VeraStack Integrated Solutions and Software Defined Infrastructure. He is currently working at Tesco Plc’s Head Office on the next rotation of his degree apprenticeship.
Chris is on the Board of Trustees and is also Chair of the Youth Panel for the Ernst & Young (EY) Foundation, a charity helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment; he is a School Governor at his old primary school and prior to his apprenticeship he was a trainee for Arsenal FC. He had to leave the Arsenal traineeship through injury, but has since returned, to talk to the Arsenal Foundation (a charity helping young, disadvantaged people), to help by sharing his personal story with students. He’s also currently working as a Liverpool Football Club Academy scout for the London region, recruiting young, budding footballers.
Chris is passionate about inspiring the next generation of students and apprentices.
When asked about the award, Chris said:
“I am extremely humbled and grateful to have received the London Higher/Degree Apprentice of the Year Award. It is an amazing privilege and will continue to motivate and challenge me to support the agenda of increasing apprenticeship uptake. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me to achieve this award, in particular Pearson College London. Let’s continue to make the apprenticeship agenda even more of a success.”
Good luck for January Chris, we can’t wait to see what else the future has in store for you!