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Top award for Trust Apprenticeship progamme

Doncaster Children's Services Trust was declared top of the crop for delivering a first class apprenticeship programme to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Trust, which delivers children’s social care on behalf of Doncaster Council, walked away with the gong from the annual Doncaster College Apprenticeship Awards.

Kay Hands, business manager in the Trust’s Safeguarding team - who has provided a long standing, successful apprentice scheme - and Yvette Cotton, Workforce Development Manager, were presented with a trophy and certificate after the Trust took the title in the Large Employer category at a glittering ceremony held at the college.

Kay said: “It was a fabulous night and we were thrilled that the Trust took the title for its great Modern Apprenticeship offer in partnership with the college.”

Recent apprentices at the Trust include mum-of-one Donna Tyreman who, after 14 years in retail, has decided to retrain for a new career in business support with the safeguarding team; and Mica Ferrol (21), who is about to complete her level 3 Children and Young People apprenticeship in the Participation service at the Trust and now has a full-time, permanent, post in the organisation.

Donna said: “At the end of last year I just felt it was the right time to make a move and to develop a new career,” she said.

“I started at the Trust in January and I have to admit I found it hard at first and I wondered if I’d done the right thing! But now I love it. It’s really nice to be learning something different and broadening my skills.”

Meanwhile, Mica said: “The support at the Trust has been brilliant. Everyone has pushed for the best outcomes for me and it has really helped me build up my skills; like those of communicating effectively with young people and with professionals, as well as helping me with my academic skills.

“It has opened up so many exciting opportunities for me that I would otherwise not have had.”

Paul Moffat, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We are all really proud of the award as it’s fantastic recognition of the quality of the apprenticeship training we offer thanks to our excellent partnership with the college.

“At the Trust we are passionate about helping people who want to enter the world of social care and the apprenticeship scheme has also been a great way to help some of our care leavers take their first step onto their career ladder.”