2023 Apprentice of the Year

Emma-Louise Wilkinson

19-year-old Emma from Cambridge wins Central YMCA’s 2023 Apprentice of the Year  

After accepting her certificate at the Annual Apprenticeship Awards, Emma said, “I’m really shocked but I’m really excited as well. And I think, obviously it's a good thing to have on my CV and it will help in the future to have it, it will make a big impact I think.” 

Choosing the right subject 

Emma decided to undertake the ‘Early Years Practitioner’ apprenticeship as she always wanted to build a career in the sector. After dealing with challenging times as a child, Emma identifies with and wanted to help other children in the same position. 

Achieving with support 

Since taking on the apprenticeship, Emma has grown in confidence in and out of work. She also gained good professional relationships with the parents, staff members and tutor.  

Throughout her apprenticeship, Emma has been supported by her tutor, Helen, and staff members who have guided her through some difficult times during the course. In the face of challenge, Helen has been amazed by Emma’s focus and commitment to completing the course no matter the obstacle. 

Looking to the future 

This course has had a great impact on Emma’s life because she’s found a career she wants to work in for the rest of her life. Moving forward, she would like to continue training and work her way up to management. She hopes to continue making a difference in children’s lives. 

Emma’s advice  

For anyone interested in completing an apprenticeship, Emma said, “I think an apprenticeship is definitely the way because you get that hands-on experience to take into the future, and in your next job role too. You have that knowledge to take with you.” 


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