Claire Cosset wins Business Administration Apprentice of the Year

Claire Cosset, an apprentice Support Assistant in HR, has won Business Administration Apprentice of the Year in Sheffield City Council’s Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

Claire 2Claire, who has been an apprentice at the University since November 2017, was one of five apprentices in the city to win in her category. She was announced as winner of the Business Administration category from a competitive shortlist of five.

The University of Sheffield also received a recognition award from the Council as a Supportive Employer of apprenticeships.

The awards were announced at a prize-giving ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall last month. The Apprenticeship Awards 2018, organised by Opportunity Sheffield – the Council’s employment and skills service – celebrate the workplace and in-learning achievements of apprentices, while recognising the valuable role played by their employers.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Sheffield City Council, presented trophies and certificates to the Apprentice of the Year 2018 winners across five categories: Construction & Technical, Hospitality & Care, Early Years & Education, Office – IT & Housing, and Office – Business Administration.

Jayne Dunn said:

“I would like to congratulate all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted candidates at the Apprenticeship Awards 2018, each of whom fully deserves recognition for their achievements.

“Their employers are owed a debt of gratitude for their ongoing commitment to apprenticeships, providing opportunities for individuals to learn on the job, develop new skills and thrive in the workplace."

In her role as Support Assistant to the Business Systems and Rewards team, Claire has worked hard supporting on a number of important projects. Her role has included tasks such as helping to deliver the new Financial Education Programme, proactively dealing with queries relating to the Deal and contributing to the EU Staff programme of support, including the photography exhibition which launched recently celebrating the contribution of non-UK EU colleagues. According to Claire’s manager Hannah Morgan, throughout Claire has been a proactive, enthusiastic and highly motivated member of the team.

Claire Cosset said:

“I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to work in a department that values employee contribution. Winning the Apprentice of the Year has made me feel like I am valued and recognised for the work I do. My manager has been so supportive, providing me with new experiences and opportunities to learn new skills - I am grateful that she nominated me in the first place!”

Hannah Morgan, Claire’s manager, said:

“I am delighted that Claire's contribution and dedication to the team and the service has been recognised in this way. I hope teams will be inspired across the University to consider employing apprentices, they bring so much to the role, contributing new ideas and helping departments fill skills gaps".