Norse apprentice wins top college award

  • Norse apprentice wins top college award

A Norse Commercial Services apprentice has won a top award in the College of West Anglia’s Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

Abbie Tuddenham, currently working to complete her advanced IT apprenticeship and fulfilling a full-time role with the IT Application and Project Services team at Norse Commercial Services, came away with the prestigious IT Apprentice of the Year Award, the top accolade for the IT category. 

More than 1200 apprentices across 800 companies were eligible to be nominated across 18 categories, highlighting the competition Abi faced in achieving her nomination and subsequent award.

No newcomer to awards, Abbie was runner-up to the Apprentice of the Year at the Pride of Norse Awards 2015, and went on to deservedly receive the top Norse apprenticeship award, Norse Apprentice of the Year in 2016.

Abbie has been with Norse since October 2014, having previously completed her studies in Animal Welfare at Easton & Otley College. Being unable to find a position in that field of study and having a keen interest in IT, Abbie applied for the IT apprentice vacancy with Norse where she sailed through her Intermediate Apprenticeship studies and was subsequently offered and accepted the role of IT Systems Administrator. 

Denise Cunniam, Head of IT Application & Project Services, is full of praise for Abbie:

“I am continually impressed with the way Abbie approaches her college portfolio work, and in considering how new skills learned can immediately be applied to workplace tasks, thinking about and then demonstrating ways of becoming more efficient in her job role.  

“Abbie is always keen to learn and is eager to ask questions in order to further her development and understanding of how IT can and should be used to support the business.  Abbie is an important part of our IT team; her work ethic, desire to learn how to deal with ever more complex scenarios, greater workloads, and standard of work are exceptional. Since day-one Abbie has far exceeded the expectations I would have had of an apprentice.”

In recognition of her performance and the high-regard in which she is held by colleagues and managers, Abbie has recently taken on new roles and responsibilities at Norse and this has given her the opportunity to develop even more skills and knowledge, demonstrating this in the high-quality of work produced for her college portfolio. 

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