Former Student Wins National Apprentice of the Year

Sadie Hawkins Wins National Apprentice of the Year

Ex-Park House student Sadie Hawkins, now 20, was this week awarded Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2013 in the National Apprentice Awards. The prestigious award is presented to the apprentice that has made the most significant contribution to their workplace.

While studying for her A’ Levels at Park House Sadie took part in the IBM Outreach programme that our Sixth Form offers to our students. During a week-long placement students develop their personal skills, business awareness and team working skills; participating in presentation skills workshops, and projects as well as learning about personal branding and role shadowing. The students then benefit from ongoing careers guidance from IBM IT and business professionals.

IBM clearly made an impact on Sadie, and she on them, because following her A’ Levels Sadie applied to join IBM on their two year apprenticeship scheme and was delighted when she was selected. As part of her role at IBM Sadie is responsible for a team of people and manages a billing application for a major telecoms client which encompasses a variety of activities from project planning right through to resourcing and risk management.

Sadie Hawkins with her Apprentice of the Year Award

On being awarded National Apprentice of The Year Sadie said, “Winning this award is a huge achievement for both myself and IBM as I'm the first IBM Apprentice to win a National Award since the scheme launched in November 2010. The support and comments I have received since winning the award have been incredible including congratulations from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.”  

Mr Peaple said, “Everyone at Park House is thrilled for Sadie. It is wonderful to think that a journey that started in the Sixth Form here with a placement at IBM has led to this thoroughly deserved national award. She is a fantastic role model for our students.”

Well done Sadie from all of us!

Find out more about the National Apprentice of The Year Award here >>

Read about Sadie at Newbury and Thatcham Chronicle here >>