VTCT, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, recognised the achievements of one of its apprentices in a ceremony with its Board of Trustees yesterday. Luke Court, who has been with VTCT for two years as an IT apprentice, won two awards at the Southampton City College Awards 2018 earlier this month.
The event saw over 40 students and apprentices awarded across the evening, with Luke being recognised for both the City College Achievement Award in IT, and, one of the highest accolades of the night, The RSM UK Audit Apprentice of the Year.
Luke, 20, won the awards because of his outstanding achievements in college and work, pure determination and consistently going above and beyond what’s asked of him.
Following the event, Alan Woods OBE, CEO of VTCT, felt Luke’s achievements should be celebrated at the Board of Trustees meeting, to recognise his hard work and contribution to the company.
During the presentation at VTCT’s headquarters in Eastleigh, Hampshire, the Chair of Trustees, Chris Law, awarded Luke with a £50 voucher.
Following the presentation, Alan Woods OBE said: “We’re all incredibly proud of Luke, and he’s become an integral part of the team here at VTCT. As an awarding body, we’re naturally champions of apprenticeships and it’s wonderful to have our own success story to shout about.
“Luke demonstrates how apprenticeships can be a prosperous career path, providing a structured training programme, but also gives learners the freedom to explore the working environment and make the most out of the opportunities available.”
Speaking of his award and recognition from VTCT, Luke commented: “I’m happy to have been recognised by both my college and my company. I really enjoy my role within VTCT and the people I work with, so receiving this award is the icing on the cake.
“I knew I wanted to work in IT, so an apprenticeship was a great fit for me. Being able to apply theory immediately into practise is my preferred way to learn. I’ve been here for two years already, and I’m now moving on to complete my level three apprenticeship certificate. In the future I see myself continuing to develop my skills in an environment like VTCT where I feel supported.”
Luke is undertaking a Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals. He is studying with Southampton City College, on an apprenticeship framework. Luke started with VTCT on the Level 2 ICT apprenticeship, prior to moving on to the Level 3.