Nationwide apprentices were recognised recently at the BRIAA event that saw celebrations, graduations and award presentations.
Industry professionals, parents and tutors joined Nationwide apprentices on Tuesday 26th June at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the Body Repair Industry Apprentice Awards and Thatcham Repair Apprentice Graduation.
The event provided employers with the opportunity to present awards to their apprentices and Nationwide were delighted to present Harry Beddoe, who works at Nationwide’s HiTech bodyshop in Milton Keynes, with the Nationwide Outstanding Apprentice Achiever Award.
Harry said: “It goes to show that all the hard work I’ve done at college and at work has paid off. My managers have really helped me along the way and encouraged me, making sure I’ve completed my coursework and offering support whenever I needed it.
“I’ve had to go through three years of hard work and assessments but it’s worth it to be able to achieve what I have and get to where I am now.”
Megan Jenkins, Nationwide HR Advisor, present Harry’s award. She said: “BRIAA put on a great event for our Thatcham graduates and provided a fantastic opportunity to honour one of them with an award. One of our many hard-working apprentices, Harry Beddoe, has flourished in our HiTech facility in Milton Keynes and so we named him this year’s Outstanding Apprentice Achiever.”
As the largest independent accident repair group in the UK, Nationwide recognise their responsibility to develop the next generation of talent. That is why engaging with, appreciating and continually developing their apprentices is key.
Nationwide apprentice, Bradley Marshall from NCRC Middlesbrough, was further presented with an award, as part of the Thatcham Research graduation ceremony.
Thatcham presented Bradley with the Panel Apprentice of the Year Award, he said: “I was nervous to graduate and I didn’t expect to win the award. I’ve tried my hardest over the years and I appreciate everything Nationwide and Thatcham have done for me and I’m just so happy to be here now.
“My apprenticeship was a lot of hard work, I joined Nationwide straight from school so it was great that there were so many people there to help me out.
“Nationwide have been brilliant; my managers and tutors have been spot on and they’ve guided me through everything step by step.”
Louise Cope, Nationwide People Director, said she was overjoyed by the success of this year’s apprentices, saying: “We’re delighted to see our latest cohort of apprentices graduate and we look forward to watching their transition into the next generation of Nationwiders. They represent the future of the industry and watching their continued success is inspirational.
“Congratulations to Harry, Bradley and all our graduating class of 2018.”