Somerset’s Lucy Visits Downing Street

Somerset County Council’s Lucy Wilkins inspired the next generation of apprentices during the tenth anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, before ending the week with a visit to Number Ten Downing Street.

Lucy, who was registered deaf from birth and is also losing her sight due to a condition known as Usher Syndrome, first became a Somerset County Council apprentice over ten years ago.

After successfully completing her business administration apprenticeship, Lucy’s career went from strength to strength and she now manages the Information Request Team based at County Hall.

To mark the tenth anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, Lucy was invited to a launch event at Barclays Bank, Canary Wharf, last Monday (6 March) with Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP attending.

Lucy gave an inspirational account of her own career success to over 100 employers and apprentices during the event before the week concluded with a photo opportunity outside the Prime Minister’s residence, Number Ten Downing Street, where she met the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP.

Lucy is no stranger to the podium. In 2006, Lucy was awarded both Personal Achiever of the Year by the Learning & Skills Council and Daily Telegraph/Jaeger-LeCoultre Business Personality of the Year.

Lucy said: “Becoming an apprentice was definitely life changing. It jump started my career and enabled me to get the skills that I needed to drive forward. And it didn’t matter that I didn’t have the skills as my employer taught them as I went along. It was good to learn on the job, as well as earning a wage. Anyone thinking of becoming an apprentice should go for it!”

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for HR and Transformation, Cllr Anna Groskop, said: “We are incredibly proud of Lucy and all that she has achieved. Apprentices are the future workforce and Somerset County Council currently has 37 apprentices working for the Authority. We are aiming to employ around 150 apprentices and trainees per year with opportunities across a number of services. Get in touch if you want to find out more about working for the Council and the value of apprenticeships.”

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