The first apprentice of the Swindon-based UK Space Agency has just become the South West Apprentice of the Year. Steve Watson from Covingham beat off stiff competition from a high number of regional applicants to win the prestigious award which was presented to him last week at a ceremony in Exeter. He will now go up against 8 other regional winners for the title of National Apprentice of the Year 2010.
Steve said: "I am extremely proud of my achievement and would like to thank my team for all the help I’ve had along the way! I have learnt so much over the past year and consider myself very lucky for having this opportunity. It really pays off being Webmaster of the Universe!"
Steve joined the UK Space Agency (formerly known as the British National Space Centre) in May 2009. Since then he has honed his digital skills; revamping the Agency’s website, and using his social media knowledge to help deliver the Agency’s communications strategy.
"Steve has been a real asset to the Agency," said Steve’s line manager, Emma Lord, Assistant Director for Policy and Operations at the UK Space Agency. "Winning the South West Apprentice of the Year award is a tremendous and very well deserved achievement. We’re extremely proud of him and are backing him all the way to the finals."
The Apprenticeship Awards are held annually and hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, who manage and fund Apprenticeships in England. The award judges look for apprentices that make a real difference to the organisation they work in by going beyond everyone’s expectations and delivering measurable benefits.
Dr John Chudley, from the South West National Apprenticeship Service said, “These Awards make me proud to live in the South West and be involved with Apprenticeships. After all their hard work and achievements, it was a night of true celebration for apprentices and employers.
“It’s been a tough year for businesses and the economy, but Apprenticeships shone tonight, showing that they are key to growth during the economic upturn. All the finalists demonstrated what makes Apprenticeships so successful, not only in the South West, but throughout England. The winners are now ambassadors for Apprenticeships and for the region’s dedication to this programme.”