YOUNG apprentice Clarissa Ziajka is pictured celebrating with her sparkling glass trophy after she was crowned runner-up in a regional awards ceremony for young learners.
Clarissa, who works at The Salon with Alison Jane in Dalestorth Road, took runner-up in the pre-16 Learner of the Year category at a lavish awards ceremony held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.
She joined 107 other advanced apprentices for the ceremony, and special guests Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham, Sir Andrew Buchanan, and the previous year’s overall winner.
The shortlisted apprentices donned university graduation-style gowns and caps for the event.
Janet Charlton, CEO of award ceremoy organisers the Nottinghamshire Training Network (NTN) said: “This event is about celebrating success and valuing the hard work of the learners and the contribution of employers and training providers.
“Some of these people have achieved so much, it is moving and humbling.”
Jane Hearne, membership and IT co-ordinator for NTN said the apprentices were being recognised for all their hard work. Judges visited the apprentices in their work place to find out how they had been getting on and assess their learning and skills levels.
“Clarissa was found to have grown in confidence over the past year and the judges found her to be enthusiastic about her work and a keen learner.
“They were very impressed with her entry into the competition,” said Jane.
Boss Alison said she was delighted Clarissa had been recognised for her hard work.