Apprenticeship success for AS Watson learner  

A Superdrug apprentice has been celebrating this autumn after being recognised in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

Karolina Apprenticeship AwardsKaroline Polniaszek, from Normanton, West Yorkshire, won the McDonald’s Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (Yorkshire and Humber Region) for her development with the company, which works with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) for apprenticeships.

The award was announced on 8 October 2015 at a high profile awards ceremony, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and hosted by the Northern Ballet, Leeds.

Over the last two years, the Superdrug and Savers Apprenticeship programme – part of AS Watson – has recruited over 500 external apprentices, with 25 per cent of those achieving a qualification going on to be promoted into supervisory roles.  The programme, which is aimed at 16-18-year-olds interested in a career in UK retail, has seen 79 percent completing their training and being offered a permanent role within the company.

Karolina, who works on orders taken through the company’s website at the Northern Distribution Centre in Pontefract, will now progress through to the National Apprentice of the Year Awards Final being held in January next year.

Karolina Polniaszek, said, ‘I started the apprenticeship scheme last year.  My manager had encouraged me to apply after discussing my career within the business with her. The scheme has really made me step out of my comfort zone, improving my communication and presentation skills.  I’ve gained the confidence to put my ideas forward and really engage in teamwork and activities – a skill I was lacking before I started. I’d definitely recommend the scheme to others if they want to progress their skills and further their career!’

Jo Mackie, AS Watson HR Director, said, ‘We are incredibly proud of our Apprentices and are delighted that Karolina’s hard work has been rewarded with this recognition.  We are delighted that our Apprenticeships programme continues to strengthen and supports our younger colleagues with an entry into the retail industry, giving them opportunities to learn, grow and progress their careers’.

It is the latest success for AS Watson’s Apprenticeship programme which was recently recognised in The Sunday Telegraph as a top apprenticeship employer.

To find out more about AS Watson UK Apprenticeships visit www.superdrug.jobs or www.savers.jobs

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