Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards: Apprentice of the Year nominees


In the build-up to the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, we’re taking a closer look at the nominees in each category.

Today we’re shining a spotlight on Bedford Borough’s apprentices and giving you a short insight into why they’ve been nominated.

The winners will be announced on 25 March 2021 at 7:30 pm on our website, Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

Unsung Heroes – sponsored by White Hart Press

Chloe Sanders

Hayward Lane Hair and Beauty have proudly nominated their ‘golden girl’ apprentice Chloe. They describe her as an incredible youngster who is able to combine her enthusiasm for the hair and beauty business with a great sense of fun, charm and love and respect for their clients clients. “We would definitely struggle without Chloe in our lives.”

Ellie Grix

Ellie has been described as a real asset to her company who never loses her cool when dealing with difficult situations and takes everything in her stride. “No one has a bad word to say about Ellie,” said her nominator. Understandably anxious when she first started, Elle recently thrived at an event with over 60 attendees, chatting to complete strangers including the local MP.

Holly Perry

“Proactive was a word invented for Holly,” said the staff at Mark Rutherford School who nominated her. She approaches her role with determination to succeed and to put her school on the STEM map. Holly went from being a pupil at the school to their STEM assistant. “Holly’s journey leading up to this appointment highlights the successful output of identifying a skills gap, making the most of the educational opportunities presented and filling a highly skilled employment gap,” said her testimonial

Sonne Young

“There is always an aura of laughter and fun around Sonne which really lifts some of the vulnerable people we serve in our communities,” said YMCA Bedfordshire. “Sonne is the personification of our YMCA Bedfordshire values and behaviours and is a credit to the Maintenance Team.” His line manager has said he sets a great example for others to follow and a huge asset to their team.

Sophie Hood

After just a few months at About the Job, apprentice Sophie took on responsibility for generating sales and over-achieved her target by an incredible 238%. Her manager has said that Sophie has added value to the business and is “the best member of staff that I’ve ever employed.” Sophie has now been taken on as a full-time member of staff and is team leader and role-model for new apprentices coming into the business.

Suraiya Yasmin

Suraiya is an apprentice at Janssens Pharmacy and has become a much-valued member of the team. Many customers have given feedback about her calm and polite manner, leading her to take on more responsibility. Suraiya’s nominator said, “I believe she has the ambition and ability to take on pharmacy managerial responsibilities in the future.”

Toni Wright-Brown

Having studied sports science at college, accountancy wasn’t something Toni had considered. However, her nominator has described her as having a natural talent to digest information, complete tasks accurately and efficiently. “Our work requires diligence and she has a natural talent to deliver,” said her testimonial. “For someone who wasn’t sure on their career path, who didn’t know they could become an accountant, Toni has become a role model as a trainee in the business and for ACCA.”

You can find out who has been awarded the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes – Apprentice of the Year Award on 25 March 2021 at 7:30 pm on our websiteFacebook Page and YouTube channel.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.