Damar Training apprentices triumph in NHS Learning and Development Awards 2015

Apprentices from Damar Training have achieved success in the NHS Trust Learning and Development Awards. Damar is a preferred apprenticeship provider to the NHS in the North West and works with a range of employers, including GPs. It has pioneered the delivery of the new medical administration apprenticeship, which includes the valuable AMSPAR Medical Terminology qualifications.

Damar apprentice, Jessica Chadwick was chosen from around 200 apprentices at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for the coveted ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. She completed her advanced apprenticeship in business administration in 2014 and was delighted to pass the Maths and ICT exam components of her apprenticeship first time.


Jessica’s Damar trainer, Chris Barnard, said: “Jessica has had to balance the requirements of her working role alongside the duties that come with being a single parent. It was clear to see that she has built up strong relationships with the agencies that work with the Trust and she certainly deserves this award”.

Emma Ryles, based at Stepping Hill Hospital, was also awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Pride of Trust’ awards. She completed an apprenticeship in business administration and was extremely focused throughout, passing all her exams with flying colours. Emma has now secured a full-time position at Stepping Hill. 

Emma’s Damar trainer, Ellie Taylor, commented: “Emma has come a long way since starting her apprenticeship. She previously worked in retail, so she had to quickly adapt to an office environment, which she took in her stride. Emma has been positive and passionate throughout her time here and we’re extremely proud of her progression. This is why she was nominated for the Apprentice of the Year award – she earned it!”.

Damar apprentice, Leah Hogan, based in the Learning & Education Centre at Stepping Hill Hospital, was runner up and has completed an advanced apprenticeship in business administration.

Last but not least, David Wilson, a domestic team leader at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was awarded the runner-up prize for The Christie NHS Apprentice of the Year awards 2015. He undertook an advanced apprenticeship in management as part of his personal development plan.



David was nominated for the award by his manager, Shiela Darbyshire, who commented: “this learning process enables us to have a more informed workforce, as all of the knowledge is passed on. In particular, David’s colleagues are able to gain new experiences through his teaching. Staff currently working towards their NVQ in Domestic Services now have additional support from David, which is a great help”.

The Christie’s Chief Executive, Patricia Barbizet, also offered an honourable mention to Damar on delivery of its apprenticeship programme.

Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director of Damar Training, added: “we are delighted by the achievements of all of our apprentices and the employers who support them. The winners have demonstrated just how beneficial it can be for businesses to invest in their staff and training initiatives. With the help of my colleagues at Damar, we’ve built some long-lasting partnerships with NHS employers, which we’re confident will continue to deliver fantastic results in the future”.

To find out more about how apprenticeships could benefit your business, please call Damar’s business development manager, Rachel Daley, on 0161 480 8171, 07960 765 997 or by email at Rachel.Daley@damartraining.com.

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