Jericho Apprentice Winners At 2017 Star Apprenticeship Awards

The 2017 Star Apprenticeship Awards took place on Friday 10th March at The MacDonald Burlington Hotel.

Patrick Masih, People Support Manager, and Carolyn Davies, Catering Manager joined our Apprentices at the event. We are delighted to share that The Jericho Foundation had two winners!

Billy (above), one of our Jericho Catering Apprentices, won the Hospitality Apprentice Award!

Oliver (below), won the overall Star Apprentice Award!

Here is some more information about Billy, from his Manager Carolyn:

“Billy was diagnosed as autistic as a child and when he left school he decided he would like to join the army as a chef. First Billy joined Jericho to get some training and experience. When he arrived Billy lacked any confidence and was extremely shy. He found it difficult to speak to anybody, staff or customers, often hiding in the washing up area so he wouldn’t have to talk to anyone.

After a few weeks Billy mustered the courage to begin serving customers. On one occasion, sadly, a customer wasn’t happy with what Billy had given her and got very upset and left. Billy again hid himself away.

I thought Billy wouldn’t come back again and was surprised to see him the following day. When our other Apprentice went on leave Billy immediately stepped up and did his job and did it very well, I was so impressed!

This was just the start for Billy, he started serving customers and running his own section within the Bistro, and everyone said how efficient and helpful he was. Customers commented on how nice Billy’s food was. Not only were they impressed with Billy, he even trained another staff member to take over his section!

After a while Billy began to do one of our contracts – he did this with the same efficiency that he had run his section. Billy would tell me when he needed stock, organise himself and make sure that the contract was done well.
Towards the end of his apprenticeship Billy found out that the army wouldn’t take him because of his autism. He was very disappointed but he has picked himself up and is looking at alternatives.

I received a phone call from Billy’s assessor saying that he had put Billy’s name forward for an apprentice of the year award and that he had won!
I am so proud of Billy!”

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