Apprentice Wins Award

It was a joyous moment for one Swindon College Apprentice who won a prestigious award during the National Apprenticeship Week, with two other College students also up for nomination.

Francesca Favorito, is the rising star who scooped the accolade of being crowned ‘Higher Apprentice of the Year’.

She achieved this while doing a Level 5 Higher Education Apprenticeship where she is training to become a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner - she is currently working at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH).

The 26-year-old decided that the best chance for her to progress in her career choice was to move to England to develop her knowledge and skills in the healthcare profession.

Francesca has had to overcome some challenging obstacles on her way to claiming the honor, which includes facing a massive hurdle with the language barrier, but she did not let this discourage her as she worked tirelessly to ensure that she gained her qualifications in level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths.

Francesca said: “I did not expect to win such a prestigious award, I feel very proud of myself. I am delighted that all the hard work I have done this year has paid off, I could not imagine a better way to be recognised for this.

“The journey I have been on to get where I am now has been challenging at times. It was the first time that I have studied in the UK and English is not my first language.

“I used all the support available at the College, I particularly found the Higher Education Study Support team a fantastic addition to my support network.

“I am extremely grateful to all the staff of Swindon College for the help and motivation they have given me. I would recommend the Higher Apprenticeship to everyone.”

The NHS is always in need of highly-skilled staff, and training people within the Trust through Apprenticeships allows them to fulfill their potential, but also helps them with recruitment.

Francesca added: “I was looking forward to the opportunity of gaining new skills and undertaking new training while obtaining new qualifications.

“The opportunities I have been given have activated a hunger in me for more knowledge, especially in the healthcare environment knowing that I am progressing my future every step of the way.”

OUH Apprentices act as Apprenticeship ambassadors, visiting schools and colleges to spread the word about the opportunities available for school leavers who may not feel that the university route is appropriate for them.

Francesca was nominated for the award by David Panes, who is the Programme Lead for this course. She received this nomination because of the hard work and dedication that she had demonstrated throughout the Apprenticeship.

He said: “Francesca is the most organised Apprentice that I have met in my time in education. The management of her learning was clear to see and even though at times she found the course challenging, she always tackled these challenges head-on. Not many learners could do this course and get married halfway through, a true testament to her dedication and time management skills.

She was always a credit to the Trust and department, she would always help others and supported them whenever possible. Francesca is a caring and compassionate individual that will be missed from our classrooms.”
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