TEARS of sadness and joy were shared at the Estate Services Apprenticeships event held last week (Wednesday 14 January).
The eight young people, seven months into the yearlong programme, talked about their emotional journey towards gaining the City and Guilds Level Two Cleaning and Support Services qualification.
The apprentices, who have already received a of number highly regarded industry qualifications, told an audience that included Thurrock’s Mayor Cllr Steve Liddiard, how they had faced challenges, developed new skills and were excited about what the future held.
Reflecting on the project, Jack Wilson nominated for the Apprentice of the Year, said: “There have been many highs during my time on the apprenticeship course, but my proudest moment by far is being nominated for an award by management as it shows that they believe in me. I am looking forward to a great future ahead of me. ”
The Mayor, commenting on the event said:” It’s a pleasure to be a part of this celebration. It is obvious to me and all who were here today that these young people are a real credit to Thurrock and an inspiration to others.
“I have heard they have gone above and beyond their regular duties and their attitude and work ethics are truly outstanding.
“With a number of the current team expected to retire, this is a great opportunity to support local young people to get into employment, and help reinvigorate the team.”