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National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 East Midlands : Nottinghamshire Winners - L-R Isabelle Pearson (Intermediate Level Apprentice), Emma Roberts (Higher Apprentice) and Adam Walker of Dental 22 (Small Employer).
National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 East Midlands : Nottinghamshire Winners - L-R Isabelle Pearson (Intermediate Level Apprentice), Emma Roberts (Higher Apprentice) and Adam Walker of Dental 22 (Small Employer).

A former Nuthall barmaid has been crowned Apprentice of the Year at a National Apprenticeship awards night.

Isabelle Pearson of Nottingham scooped the Regional Learndirect Intermediate Apprentice of the Year award at the East Midlands ceremony on September 2 and is also in the running for the national prize.

The 21-year-old completed her Level Three apprenticeship in team leading and hospitality with Greene King at The Three Ponds pub in Nuthall where she had worked as a barmaid since she was 18.

Isabelle is now Assistant Manager at The Bell Inn in Nottingham and believes that without the apprenticeship it would have taken much longer to reach a similar position.

She said: “The apprenticeship meant I was learning about management, organisation and setting objectives while on the job and still earning.

“I’ve been able to challenge myself and my capabilities and, as a result, I’ve progressed from being a team member to an assistant manager at just 21.”

The Level Three apprenticeship is equivalent to an A-Level qualification and Isabelle hopes to complete future schemes in order to one day run her own pub.

Karen Riley from the National Apprenticeship Awards explained that the awards seek to recognise excellence of apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

She added: “We want it to become the norm for young people to choose between an Apprenticeship or university as equally prestigious routes to a great career and a secure financial future.

All the East Midlands winners have been sublitted for a final national judging stage and the winners will be revealed during the national ceremony at the LG Arena in Birmingham on November 13.