We have a winner!

Paula Blundell

Wrexham itec is proud to announce their dedicated learner, Paula Blundell, has won the National Award of Foundation Apprentice of the Year. “It’s never too late to learn” says Paula and that was proven at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru held at Celtic Manor, Newport, on Friday.

“I never thought I could do it, but I have and I am moving on to a higher level now. It has opened up a whole new world to me and I am doing a job I love”.

Paula, a determined 40-year-old mother of one is currently a Teaching Assistant and Midday Supervisor at Ysgol Mynydd Isa near Mold Flying the flag for North Wales she successfully won the award from a panel of over 70 contestants.

As her name was announced and Paula walked up on the stage to collect her award, it was clear to see the honour and privilege that she felt on her achievement. To begin a new career without having studied for over 20 years and achieve such a positive result, it is a huge accomplishment for her.

Paula began the Foundation Apprenticeship programme for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools with Wrexham itec back in October 2012. She enjoyed all aspects of the program and developed an excellent working relationship with her trainer and mentor, Karen Needs, who offered a great level of support to allow Paula to juggle her independent study, along with having a young family and two other part-time jobs.

“A motivated learner, conscientious individual and always open to support and assistance from itec, I always knew Paula would succeed. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the awards and thrilled to see that all of Paula’s hard work and dedication during her apprenticeship has paid off for her, she definitely deserves it”.

Karen Needs, Trainer Mentor at Wrexham itec

But for Paula it is not the end of the road…yet! This success means so much and is so important to her that she continues to push her abilities and progress in her career through a level 3 Apprenticeship with itec. So watch this space, we may be seeing Paula at the Awards again next year…