ELLA Durose, a Business Administration Apprentice at USP College, has reached the final two in the Mayor’s Apprentice of the Year Award 2019.
Ella was nominated for the award after overcoming a variety of battles and for her dedication to her work.
Ella has been diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthotic Tachycardia Syndrome which made her transition throughout school and to college very tough.
The inspiring student pushed through with the support of the college and reasonable adjustments were made to ensure that she was able to complete the Supported Internship course before progressing to an Apprenticeship.
Her journey started at USP College on a Supported Internship course which helps those with learning and/or physical disabilities enter employment, the team were so impressed with Ella that they then offered her an Apprenticeship within that department at the college.
She now studies a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship alongside working within the Supported Internship department, completing tasks such as taking minutes in meetings, organising external visitors and parents to attend the college and managing the office phone.
Julie Clark, Head of Supported Internship at USP College, said: “Ella has developed many new skills with a wide range of tasks being given to her. Her confidence has grown immensely and she can deal with any situation she is put in.
“Ella is very helpful to all staff and students and is committed to both the course and always offers to work extra hours to support the department.”
When talking to Ella about being nominated she said: “I feel very overwhelmed, it was not something I was expecting and I feel extremely flattered.”
The winner of the award will be decided at the annual Civic Dinner on Saturday 30 March where both Ella and her family will be in attendance.
To find out more about the Supported Internship at the college or any Apprenticeships vacancies visit uspcollege.ac.uk.