Trainee chef Dominic Evans has been nominated as a finalist for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2013.
Organised jointly by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales, the Apprentice Awards Cymru recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality trainee schemes across the country.
Dominic is shortlisted for the Traineeship Learner of the Year Engagement award and the winners will be announced at a high-profile awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort on Friday, October 18.
Eighteen-year-old Dominic decided to leave school after a year of sixth form and was offered a traineeship through the ITEC scheme as a stepping-stone to more qualifications and a job. He said:
I didn’t know what I wanted to do and I was very shy. As part of the traineeship I came on a work placement here in the kitchens at Celtic Manor. I absolutely loved it, worked very hard and I didn’t miss a single day during my six-month placement, which resulted in my being offered an apprenticeship.
Dominic is now a trainee chef, working with the Olive Tree Restaurant kitchen team, which cooks up to 800 buffet breakfasts every day.
“I have a brilliant job and I’m always learning something new. There is no way I could have done this without going through the traineeship and I am very grateful. I’m very pleased that I’ve been nominated for the award. I work hard because I know that this is my big chance and I'm not going to waste it.
Dominic will soon start his Level 2 in Food Hygiene and is also taking part in the Celtic Manor's own in-house training programmes.
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates said:
The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru remind us of the incredible wealth of talent that Wales has to offer and the outstanding achievements of Wales' learners, employers and learning providers. We know that apprenticeships deliver real business benefits and that’s why the Welsh Government, with support from the European Social Fund, continues to invest heavily in opportunities for young people to take up apprenticeships and continues to support employers who want to invest in the future of their workforce.
Showcasing excellence in skills development in Wales, the awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC with support from media partner, Media Wales. More than 350 key stakeholders from the vocational education and training sector across Wales are expected to attend the high profile awards ceremony, where guests will dine out with chefs from the Welsh National Culinary Team.