A social housing provider's former apprentice has received a hat-trick of top awards.

Katie Davies, formerly an apprentice at Worcester-based Sanctuary, is celebrating after netting multiple awards.

Ms Davies claimed the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, and secured the Level Two Commerce Apprentice of the Year at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) awards.


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These followed an earlier accolade, when she was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the West Midlands regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Ms Davies, who now works as a resourcing planner at Sanctuary after completing her customer service apprenticeship, said: "I’m so proud to win these awards and I’d like to say the biggest thank you to Sanctuary and everyone who has supported me during my apprenticeship.

“Choosing this apprenticeship was one of the best decisions I ever made. It’s been incredibly rewarding. I’m proud of how my career is progressing and excited to see what comes next.”

Sanctuary celebrated several other successes at the recent award ceremonies.

Worcester News: Ms Davies pictured alongside Elina Rizos and Jacob Davies, two more award-winning and nominated

Michelle Wood, Sanctuary’s group head of learning and development, was also honoured at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, receiving the award of Apprentice Ambassador of the Year.

Matthew Wright was a finalist in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category, while at the HWGTA awards, Elina Rizos won the Excellence in Accountancy award, while Jacob Davies was a finalist in the same category, with all three now securing permanent roles at Sanctuary.

Ms Wood, whose own award reflects her long-term promotion of apprenticeships said: "We’re huge believers in apprenticeships at Sanctuary and recognise the opportunities they provide for individuals to achieve their ambitions, as well as the value they add for employers.

“I’d like to say a huge well done to all of our fantastic award winners and nominees for their well-deserved success.”

Established in 2008, Sanctuary's national apprenticeship programme has helped more than 2,000 people into work, both directly and indirectly through development partners.

The programme accommodates various business areas including finance, IT, housing, business and administration, and health and social care.

Apprentices gain workplace experience while studying for practical qualifications in line with their roles.