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Service Workshop's Carl named Apprentice of the Year

Service Workshops apprentice Carl Stevens has won the Public Sector People Managers’ Association Apprentice of the Year award

Carl won the prestigious award following a tough two day competition against the best apprentices working in public service across the UK. The awards celebrate the most committed and passionate young public service apprentices.

During the competition a shortlist of 22 candidates were put through their paces in a series of team and individual exercises. Carl won top place with judges commending him on his passion, enthusiasm and the compassion he showed to fellow delegates.

Carl said: “My manager put me forward for the award and I the made shortlist to take part in the finals at Warwick University. The competition involved group events and individual interviews by a panel of judges.

“The first day we worked in teams and judges were evaluating us on how we developed and articulated ideas, the way we worked together and if anyone took on the role of team leader. The second day was individual interviews with a panel of judges.

“I didn’t go to the competition expecting to win. They told me that I was the first engineer to ever enter let alone get to the final so I thought I would be out of my comfort zone.

“When they announced the winner it was a great surprise and I was delighted to have won.

“I love my job with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I am getting great development and learning a trade with a group of people who I really respect and are always happy to help and teach me. Every day I learn something new. I feel proud to wear the crest and know that what I do helps the Service.”

Peter Warner, Service Workshops Manager, said: “Carl has worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserves this award. From his very first day he has put himself forward, asked questions and taken his training seriously.

“We pride ourselves on the work we do developing young people so it’s great to see apprentices like Carl develop and go on to win national awards like this.”

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “I would like to congratulate Carl on this fantastic achievement. As a Service we take a lot pride in the work we do developing people through apprenticeships and it’s really pleasing to see someone like Carl go on and achieve national recognition like this.”

Service Workshops maintain and repair the Service’s fleet of fire engines, specialist appliances and light fleet along with a wide range of specialist operational equipment.

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