Lidlington's Kirsten Moore is a joint-winner of the PPMA* Apprentice of the Year 2019 Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

First-year apprentice joint-winner of the PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2019

Kirsten Moore, a first-year apprentice in Central Bedfordshire Council’s Public Health Stop Smoking Team, has triumphed to become joint-winner of the Public Services People Managers Association Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Kirsten, who has been at the council for nine months and lives in Lidlington, entered the national competition to ‘take her out of her comfort zone and to push herself’.

Those shortlisted were invited to attend a two-day assessment process at the University of Warwick. The process put Kirsten and the 15 other finalists through their paces.

Tasks included public speaking, timed group challenges and problem-solving with fictitious scenarios (like how to deal with your line manager if you’re about to miss an important deadline).

Kirsten said of her experience:

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet other apprentices from around the country, all working in public sector and felt privileged to represent Central Bedfordshire Council.

“As someone who isn’t naturally keen on public speaking and quite shy about meeting new people, I’m really pleased and surprised that my presentation on ‘My personal journey’ about what a ‘good fit’ an apprenticeship has been for me, was so well received.

“It’s been a great to challenge myself and I’ve a learned a lot.”

Cllr Steve Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

“The council is a firm supporter of apprenticeships and we are delighted that Kirsten has been recognised in a national competition, which demonstrates our support and commitment to the programme.”

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