PRESS RELEASE: PAL Hire Employee is awarded Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

PAL hire are delighted that one of their employees been named as the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2016.

The Damar Training Awards, which celebrate young people’s exceptional achievements during their apprenticeship have been announced to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

The surprise presentation took place at the PAL Hire offices with representatives from Damar Training and all the staff from PAL Hire.

Hannah Rakestraw, 20, joined PAL Hire seven months ago and since then has gone from strength to strength, developing into a well-informed, knowledgeable, young professional.

Hannah, who is doing an apprenticeship in business administration, undertook training with Damar shortly after joining the company, scoring 98% in her BTEC exams, one of the highest results ever achieved with the training provider.

The event is part of the ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week which takes place from 14-18 March 2016, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

The Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. 

Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2015 was a huge success. For 2016, supporters are being encouraged to organise events and activity around that will help us to realise our overarching theme for the Week, which is ‘Rise to the Top’.

Jane Poole, Finance and HR Manager, overseeing Hannah’s personal and professional development within PAL Hire said, “Since Hannah joined the company in August last year as our Business Administration Apprentice, her progress has been outstanding.

“Her work ethic and capability shows a maturity beyond her years. Hannah has a rare quality for an apprentice and that is her ability to see beyond the job and do whatever is needed to very best of her abilities every time.”

Company Director, Dan Daintry said, “Hannah has become a well-respected and highly valued member of staff.

“We strongly encourage training and development at PAL Hire and are delighted that Hannah’s hard work and tenacity have paid off.

“Her strong work ethic and enthusiasm has been recognised by her peers and now this award is testament to the work she has put in and continued commitment to her studies.”

Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director commented, “We are exceptionally proud of all our 2016 winners. A recurring theme across all of the winning entries was the positive impact of apprentices on their workplaces.

“We were delighted by the number of employers who reported that their apprentices were willing to go the extra mile in the form of new ideas, energy or simply taking on work that frees up the time of more experienced employees.”