Cath McCartan, a Service Support Manager at Rotherham NHS Trust and Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner apprentice, has been named Apprentice of the Year in the recent end of year RNN Group Student Awards.
Cath, who combined her management role with studying towards the Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship, at University Centre Rotherham (UCR) has been recognised for her ‘hard work and determination, achieving high grades for her academic modules and applying her new knowledge and skills to her workplace.’
RNN Training Work Place Assessor Wendy Flynn has taught Cath throughout her apprenticeship and nominated her for the award.
Wendy said: “Cath’s work ethic is outstanding, she has really led by example and her motivation and enthusiasm for studying have definitely helped her colleagues follow suit.
“The success she’s enjoyed at work is very well deserved.”
Rotherham NHS Trust Learning & Development Apprenticeship Manager Graham Travis oversees an active apprenticeship programme at the Trust.
Graham said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Cath to win ‘Apprentice of the Year’. We always receive exceptional feedback from her Assessor at the RNN Group on how determined she is and the hard work she puts in. This is also echoed by her line manager Wendy Cutts. Everyone in the Learning and Development Team would like to say congratulations.
“Apprenticeships play a key part in our workforce development plans for the Trust. We are always considering future succession planning and are keen to invest in new and existing members of staff through a variety of apprenticeship programmes. With the support of RNN Group this does contribute heavily to these plans.”
Speaking about receiving the Apprentice of the Year award Cath explained: “I wasn’t aware I’d been put forward for the award, and was very surprised to say the least!
“The last two years have been challenging at times – balancing full-time work, family commitments and my voluntary work with studying – but I’m very proud to receive the award. This award is testimony to the support I’ve received from work colleagues, student peers, tutors, especially Wendy Flynn, and my family who have supported me in completing my apprenticeship.
“Completing my apprenticeship, and the skills I’ve gained, gave me the confidence to accept a promotion to Service Support Manager at the Rotherham NHS Trust.”