A BUSINESS support apprentice at Malvern’s Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy is celebrating after being named ‘2020 Learner of the Year’ by a leading apprenticeship provider.
Katlyn Clifford, who is 19 and lives in Malvern, was selected from several thousand apprentices to receive the award in the 16-24 age category by trainers at Aspiration Training Limited.
Katlyn has been working at Dyson Perrins since 2019 and, while she admits it took time to build her confidence in her role as part of the school’s support staff, she now feels she’s settled in fully and is right at home liaising with the colleagues and pupils she deals with every day.
She said: “I was really shocked to be told I’d won this award, but it feels pretty cool as I haven’t won anything like this before.
“When I first started at Dyson Perrins, I was very nervous because all the staff are far more experienced than me and I’m only two years older than the senior pupils.
“Thankfully, I was made to feel welcome and because of how lovely people are at the school,
“I now feel comfortable whoever I’m dealing with. I always try to do my best whatever I’m asked to do, and I think the fact I always try to listen to feedback and advice has helped me get to where I am.
“It’s also helped me pass my Level 2, which I’m delighted about too.”
Fred Dowdeswell, Dyson Perrins’ business manager, praised Katlyn’s contribution.
He said: “Her development has been remarkable. It’s been lovely to see her confidence grow and although she was very quiet when she first started here, she’s now come out of herself and is a great member of our team.
“She’s polite, friendly, always does her best and, what’s especially nice, is that she always has a smile on her face.
“As a school we aim to be a forward think employer and giving an opportunity to Katlyn is an example of our commitment to investing in the local community.
“We are all very proud of her for winning this award but aren’t at all shocked.
“She is a hugely popular member of our support staff who makes an important contribution to school life here in many different ways.”
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