The best apprentice in the south west

A young St Ives woman has been named one of the best apprentices in the South West after securing a permanent position with Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

Lydia Webster, 20, who works in the RCHT finance office, has been named South West Intermediate Apprentice Regional Winner at the regional finals of the National Apprenticeships Awards.  Her name has now gone forward to the National Awards final which is held this month.

The awards are open to companies, organisations and apprentices from across Cornwall, Devon, Bristol and Somerset.

Lydia achieved 13 GCSEs at school but didn’t know what to do next.  She said: “The apprenticeship has given me an amazing opportunity. I am proud to be an apprentice. I currently work in the finance department and six months into my apprenticeship I gained a permanent position.”

RCHT said their finance team have recruited ten apprentices in four years, with six going on to get permanent or fixed-term roles and the remaining four still working through their apprenticeship.

Deputy finance director Adam Wheeldon said: “The apprenticeship scheme has worked really well for the finance department.  Apprentices bring a fresh approach to the team and help us think about the training we provide. We get to help individuals into the working environment and it provides us with an opportunity to see how they fit in.”