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Katie-Alice Hellaby receives her award

A young apprentice who started her career with Wychavon after joining straight from school has won a prestigious award.

Katie-Alice Hellaby received the Commerce Personal Development Award at the recent Hereford & Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) Awards.

The 18-year-old began her career with Wychavon in September 2021, as a HR apprentice. She completed her apprenticeship with a Distinction, the highest grade achievable, and has now secured a permanent position within Wychavon's elections team.

Judges praised Katie-Alice for the outstanding dedication, commitment and effort she put into her apprenticeship.

Katie-Alice said: "I am extremely proud of my achievement. It has been a challenge and one that I do not think I could have accomplished without the support of my college, HWGTA and some of my extraordinary colleagues at Wychavon. My confidence has grown massively, and I have gained so many skills which I will carry with me throughout my career.

"To anyone who is hesitating about becoming an apprentice, I would say do it! You would be well supported and learn such a great deal. So again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart."

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "I would like to congratulate Katie-Alice for her achievement at this year's Worcestershire Group Training Association Awards. Since starting her employment with us as an apprentice in September 2021 she has flourished and is a true asset to the council.

"Apprenticeships have an important role to play in helping businesses train their future workforce and they give organisations access to dedicated, high-quality employees as Katie-Alice proves."

Funding of up to £2,000 is available to help companies with the cost of recruiting apprentices and help is also available to apprentices with the cost of travel and other expenses. Visit for more information.

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