Hallam graduate wins national apprenticeship award

24th January 2017

A Sheffield Hallam University graduate is celebrating being named a winner at the National Apprenticeship of the Year Awards.

Holly Broadhurst was named the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year at the ceremony held in London on Friday (20 January). Holly, 22, graduated from Sheffield Hallam last summer after completing a mechanical engineering top up degree following her higher apprenticeship at the JCB Academy. She is now a full-time design engineer for JCB. Current Hallam mechanical engineering student Melissa Loonam was nominated in the same category and was highly commended. Melissa, 21, works as a manufacturing engineer at Rolls-Royce while completing her degree part time. The awards, now in their 13th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. They were co-hosted by Daisy Coombes, a JCB higher apprentice and current mechanical engineering student at Sheffield Hallam, who is also one of the apprentices featured in the government's Get In, Go Far campaign. Conor Moss, director of education and employer partnerships at Sheffield Hallam, said: 'I would like to congratulate Holly on behalf of the University. She should be proud of her achievements in balancing the commitments required to work full time and study to degree level. It is a real honour to work with degree apprentices and employers such as JCB and Rolls-Royce to attract, develop and retain talented people in the engineering sector. "Holly, Melissa and Daisy are role models for degree apprenticeships and in particular women working in engineering." Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: "The National Apprenticeship Awards ensure apprenticeships get the prestige they deserve, while shining a light on the fantastic work that both apprentices and their employers do. "Congratulations to all the winners - they are champions showcasing how apprenticeships give everyone the chance to get on." Sheffield Hallam is developing more than 1,000 higher and degree apprenticeships in a number of sectors including professional services, engineering, health and digital after receiving more than £500,000 government funding. To find out more about higher and degree apprenticeships at Sheffield Hallam University visit the website or email apprenticeships@shu.ac.uk.

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