An employee from one of the Midland’s largest social landlords has been honoured with a prestigious apprenticeship award. Ellie Steel from Platform Housing Group won Worcestershire’s Apprentice of the Year at The Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards earlier this month.

The annual event organised by The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership held the virtual awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of both apprentices and their trainers and honour them with the prestigious apprenticeship award.

“I am absolutely over the moon to have won this award! I work at Platform as an Apprentice and Qualifications Administrator and thoroughly enjoy my job. I am motivated and mentored and am proud to work for Platform. I would like to thank everyone who continues to help me along my journey,” said Ellie.

Platform’s apprenticeship strategy focuses on embedding apprentices into its core business, recognising their value and supporting and coaching them beyond the completion of the apprenticeship. It’s strategic recruitment process brings a huge range of apprentices into the business, from aged 16 up to 45, in both office and trades positions. The company works with 20 training providers with an overall aim of 10 per cent of its workforce working towards an apprenticeship.

“We are all so proud of Ellie; winning this award is testimony to everything about her! Her commitment and contribution is second to none. Ellie always seeks to develop her skills and learning; her energy and engaging style is infectious! She always handles challenges with a smile and champions apprentices both inside and outside work. Importantly, Ellie has played a critical role in developing our apprenticeship strategy, something she should be immensely proud of. Well done Ellie,” commented Linda Gittings, Apprenticeships and Qualifications Manger at Platform Housing Group.

The Worcestershire Apprenticeships Partnerships was set up in 2015 by Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership – or LEP – to recognise the important part apprenticeships play in planning for the future of business and employment within the county. The awards are now in their 6th year.