Council apprentices in the running for national award

Talent from across Somerset County Council is to be showcased at this year’s PPMA Apprentice of the Year awards next week, with four of the authority’s apprentices shortlisted.

Hopefuls attending the forthcoming ceremony come from roles in a number of council services:

  • Melanie Houghton, teaching assistant apprentice, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School
  • Charlie Baker, Client Finance Team, Adult Social Care
  • Alex Street, Insurance and Risk Management Team  
  • Isaac Young, Economic Development Business Support Team

As part of the award criteria applicants have had their personal qualities tested in a range of activities, whilst helping to enhance their confidence and resilience.

The event, which is open to all apprentices across the public sector, is all about identifying and promoting the tremendous breadth and depth of emerging talent.

The Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA) is keen to create an environment where talent can shine and to offer opportunities for learning and growth.

Over the past three years the authority has invested in more than 300 apprenticeships.

Councillor Mandy Chilcott, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Resources, commented: “The awards are an excellent way to showcase the hard work and dedication of our talented apprentices who have excelled in their roles.

“Apprentices are the county’s future skilled employees and are a crucial part of our future economic growth.

“My Congratulations go to all those who have been shortlisted, they are a credit to the Council, I wish them all every success at the forthcoming awards ceremony”


There will be 2 days of finals taking place at the Warwick Business School in Coventry on Monday 20 January – Tuesday 21 January.

For further information on Somerset County Councils apprenticeships go to: https://choices.somerset.gov.uk/025/preparing-for-adult-life/finding-and-keeping-a-job/apprenticeships/