Green Lighting Ltd has been highly commended at the West Midland final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.
Also, congratulations to Ryan Shemwell, UK Operations Manager and the current holder of Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year Award, at Green Lighting Ltd, based in Worcester, who has also been highly commended at the West Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.
Ryan, 22, who is currently the Operational Manager at Green Lighting Ltd, was runner up in the region for, The McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year.
The Awards, now in their twelfth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
On being recognised as highly commended, Anthony Ottway, Managing Director said:
“Initially we were one of the first companies in Worcester to recruit staff through the Apprenticeship programme. Primarily the staff we recruited through the programme were school leavers, however, we now ensure that every member of staff is offered a form of apprenticeship.
The future is to continue with each staff member on an apprenticeship, to ensure that each reaches the level of education that they are able to. Investing in the apprenticeship programme has offered us the support we needed to develop our staff and grow our business.
Green Lighting Ltd was highly commended in recognition of the contribution that the company has made to the apprenticeship programme.
The award was sponsored by:
McDonald’s Award for Small Employer of the Year
On being recognised as highly commended, Ryan said:
“Many of my friends whom I left college with thought that I had made a mistake by accepting a position on an apprenticeship. I can say, with all honesty, that it was the best decision that I could possibly have made, as Green Lighting is a fast growing company that has offered me many opportunities to learn and progress. I believe in continual professional development in the work place and I am honoured to be an ambassador for apprenticeships and proud to accept the award.”
Ryan Shemwell was highly commended in recognition of the contribution he has made to Green Lighting Ltd since joining as an apprentice in 2011. Ryan came to Greenlighting directly from college at 17 and has been an exemplar employee from the outset, always early for his shift and the last to leave, his work ethic is first rate. He devoured his initial apprenticeship in record time, eagerly looking to take on responsibility and training. The second apprenticeship, a level 3 in business
Improvement and his subsequent promotion to warehouse supervisors saw him flourish. The improvements he made in his area directly resulted in greater efficiency procedures for the company and ultimately more profit. His vast knowledge of the company and its products is now a tangible benefit for our customers. He is always happy to be part of any ambassadorial duties required of him in his role of Worcestershire apprentice of the year and is an excellent role model to all our staff at Greenlighting. His capability and motivation to continue his education at university has seen him further improve procedures in his new role as operations manager, making him a key asset to the future management of Greenlighting. Ryan is now in the second year of a Degree in Business.
The award was sponsored by:
McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:
“Apprenticeships deliver for businesses, individuals and the economy. They enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning. And for businesses, hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for them to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
“The National Apprenticeship Awards enable talented apprentices and committed employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. They not only help celebrate the achievements of apprentices and businesses, allowing them to gain the credit for investing in their own futures, but they drive up quality and encourage others to get involved.
“Green Lighting Ltd has been highly commended in the Small Employer of the Year in the West Midlands and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”
“Ryan Shemwell has been highly commended in The McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year West Midlands and I would like to congratulate him on his achievement. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”