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Total's Lauren Hanks receives recognition at prestigious awards.


Lauren Hanks from Cheltenham based Telecoms company Total Ltd (Total) has been named as one of the Thames Valley's best apprentices in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012. 

The finalists and winners were announced at a high profile joint awards ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held at the Holiday Inn, Filton, Bristol on the 4th October.

The National Training Awards recognise organisations that have delivered outstanding training programmes and the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding Apprenticeship employers and their apprentices. Both awards are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, who received in excess of 1,500 high quality entrants this year.

Whilst studying for her A-Levels, Lauren maintained her interest in Business but quickly realised that the number of University graduates obtaining suitable jobs in their chosen sector was extremely low, due she felt to excessive applications for the same vacancy and the lack of work experience possessed by many. This prompted Lauren to apply for a Business and Admin NVQ level 2 BTEC Apprenticeship; she hasn’t looked back. Lauren was highly commended in the EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year category.

Lauren Hanks, Billing Specialist at Total Ltd, commented:

‘This award highlights the determination, hard work and success of all the apprentices in the area and to have achieved highly commended status is an absolute honour.’

Dr John Chudley, Divisional Area Director for the South at the National Apprenticeship Service, said:

‘This year’s awards were a terrific showcase of the outstanding wealth of talent that we have across the Thames Valley. Given the volume and high calibre of entries we received, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lauren for this superb achievement. She is a testament to the many benefits Apprenticeships bring to businesses, allowing employers to tap into new raw talent, up-skill their staff and grow.’

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