Nescot IT apprentice Chris Doherty came close to winning one of the top awards at The National Apprenticeship & Training London Regional Awards*,held at City Hall on the 25th September. Chris was highly commended in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category and was narrowly beaten to the top award by BT apprentice, James Mellor.
Vic Grimes, National Apprenticeship Divisional Director for London and the South East, said: “This year’s awards were a terrific showcase of the outstanding wealth of talent that we have across London. Given the volume and high calibre of entries we received, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Chris Doherty for this superb achievement. They are a testament to the many benefits Apprenticeships bring to businesses, allowing employers to tap into new raw talent, up-skill their staff and grow.”
Employed by AVIS Software, a software development house based in Sutton, Chris is involved in consulting with clients to design, develop, test and implement new software. He has grown the company’s web based work from zero to around 20% of the business.
Chris believes his Apprenticeship has given him he experience employers look for. His long term, goal is to complete a Masters degree with the ambition to one day develop defence software for the Government.
"It was an honour and privileged to be selected for the shortlist final in the Regional Apprenticeship Awards. Nescot College and my employer gave me tremendous support throughout the application process and I was extremely proud to represent them that evening." said Chris.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Huge congratulations to all apprentices who have picked up gongs at this year's awards, you have shown that truly remarkable things can be achieved through dedication and hard work. The awards also rightly recognise the sterling commitment to apprenticeships and training shown by London's businesses and I thank them for giving young Londoners the chance to boost their long-term employment prospects. As we push on to create 250,000 apprenticeships over the next four years, these awards serve as powerful inspiration as to why we must invest in our young people and help secure this city's prosperity and long-term economic growth."