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2022 saw the return of the annual Peterborough Apprenticeship Awards, a prestigious event which celebrates and recognises the hardworking individuals and organisations involved in apprenticeships in Greater Peterborough. Among the nominees was Lisa Earl, who undertook a Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard with Peterborough College and Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery Ltd.

Lisa received her nomination for Business & Law Apprentice of the Year after showing great resilience and determination to succeed, achieving a distinction grade despite personal obstacles. Lisa was delighted; “I was so shocked that I had been nominated for the award and it came as such a surprise. I was elated and really excited to attend the event with my husband and a few work colleagues”. Describing the course of the evening, Lisa said, “The evening was one I will never forget. We had drinks in the foyer, where there was also a photo booth (I definitely took advantage of that!), and then we were seated for a 3-course meal. It was such a lovely experience and was good to speak to the other nominees and winners who also attended the evening. Even though I didn’t win, just to be nominated was such an honour”.

Lisa had chosen to pursue an apprenticeship to progress in her existing role at Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery Ltd; “I had already achieved a Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration with a previous employer and wanted to work on getting a Level 3 qualification to add another string to my bow”. Lisa praised the support offered by both Peterborough College and her employer; “My College tutor Samantha was always on call or just an email away if I had any questions or required some guidance – I found this extremely helpful. I found my employer, especially my boss Tom Pell, to be really supportive too. Juggling my job and an apprenticeship was difficult at certain times, but if I needed any extra hours to focus on studying, they allowed me to do this, helping me to achieve my distinction”.

Lisa said she would “definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship, as apprenticeships take a more practical approach, and you still get plenty of support with regular one-to-one meetings with your College tutor and manager”. She continued, “They’re also the perfect way to earn while you learn! You get to achieve new skills with hardly any cost involved, in comparison to going to university – I think this is a huge bonus in the current climate”. Lisa hopes to take on more responsibility and progress in her role at Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery.

To learn more about apprenticeships at Peterborough College, click here.