Apprentice of the Year in the Pipe-line

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Photo -76Seevic College student Emma Pipe is in the running to become Apprentice of the Year at this year’s South Essex Business Awards.

Taking place this Friday 30 September at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, the awards welcome entries from Basildon, Rayleigh, Rochford, Canvey, Southend and surrounding areas.

Emma Pipe is currently studying the Level 2 Marketing Apprenticeship at Seevic, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.  With a permanent role at Contractor-Wizard Ltd, Emma singlehandedly performs the marketing team’s roles which include managing social media platforms, designing the website and administration.

Nominated by the company’s two Directors – who happen to be her parents – Emma is in the running for the Apprentice of the Year award alongside two other finalists.

This particular award is to bring attention to an outstanding apprentice in their final year; someone who has shown commitment to their own personal development and progression on a recognised learning scheme.

Having watched her father design websites from a young age, Emma taught herself the basics and has been improving her skills ever since. 

She said: “My dad designed websites for various limited companies and, when I was 13, I decided to give it a go myself.”

Offering a unique accountancy solution designed for UK contractors and freelancers, Contractor-Wizard Ltd has been running for just over five years. With no marketing team in place until Emma started, the company has noticed a huge change since the apprentice got stuck in.

Emma said: “I’ve learned so much from studying my Apprenticeship at Seevic, which I’m able to apply to my job on a daily basis.

“I’ve discovered a passion for marketing, and have loved having an influence over the company’s website and social media.”

With a higher success rate than the national average, Apprenticeships at Seevic have gone from strength to strength since their introduction to the college in 2006.

Photo -113Currently supporting hundreds of young people kick-start their career, over 90% of its students progressed to employment or further education within six months of completing their course last year.

Combining both hands-on training and academic study, an Apprenticeship is the perfect way for those aged 16 and over to get ahead in their career. 

Curriculum Leader and Emma’s tutor Richard Roberts spoke highly of the apprentice after hearing the news of her nomination.  

He said: “I was so proud to hear that Emma had been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year.  She has worked extremely hard during her Apprenticeship, showing a huge interest in the industry and advancing her skills and knowledge for a career within it.

“Emma is a truly deserving nominee, and we wish her all the luck in the world for this Friday.”

Emma added: “I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anybody; it provides a great balance between college and the working world.”

The latest of the college’s Apprenticeships, Social Media & Digital Marketing, is designed for those looking to enter, or are already working in, the industry. With the rise in the use of technology, there’s never been a better time than now to discover more about this rapidly growing area.

The College is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 4 October 2016 between 6-9pm, where you’ll be able to explore this nationally recognised qualification.

Find out more or book your place.



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