Learner Awards – as important as the Oscars

Supply Chain Consultants LtdAlthough Hollywood may have a bigger party to celebrate their superstars, we believe that our inspiring learners deserve to have their efforts recognised and rewarded too. Learner Awards are our way of saying well done, you’ve gone the extra mile, you are a star. There’s a token gift on the way to all award nominees and we encourage them to share the good news of their progress.  We’re also hoping all our nominees will have a photo taken with their line manager, which we would love to share. After all, if it’s good enough for Hollywood…

Mentor Mhairi Richardson nominates Kym Miller from Macfarlane Packaging

Kym has been with Macfarlane Packaging for 16 years and is the Procurement Manager for her site but remains keen to grow her knowledge and keep up to date. Although many think apprenticeships are for school leavers, for someone like Kym who wanted to gain additional perspectives on procurement, they’re ideal. Returning to study can be challenging and Kym openly admits to having had concerns about her ability to manage the process. She felt her learning pace was slow and was extremely anxious about the first set of exams, thinking she hadn’t had enough time to prepare. Indeed, directly after the exams, Kym was sure she had failed but her doubts proved unfounded. She passed both her first two exams and is now a lot more confident about the next. Kym’s willingness to get out of her comfort zone has paid off and will continue to do so.


 Macfarlane Packaging

Mentor Simon Abram nominates Nicola Reade from VES Andover Ltd

I’ve been impressed by Nicola (Nicki) Reade’s approach to study and the way in which she’s fully embraced our OneFile learning system. As a mentor, I regularly review how each learner is progressing and a couple of sessions ago, I gave Nicki some pointers about updating her 20% Off the Job Training log. Nicki took the advice on board and has made sure that the current entries on her timesheet are very detailed, which is good practice, and that there is also a variety of evidence. This commitment will help ensure Nicki is on track with her learning and gaining the required breadth of experience.


Mentor Simon Abram nominates Laura George from Solent NHS Trust

Laura George (nee Eades) took a break in her training to get married, but on returning to her studies was unable to show evidence of her Maths and English achievement. Rather than allowing the break and the lack of evidence to put her off, or even cause a long-term interruption to her studies, Laura has been very proactive in remedying the situation and has now completed her Maths and English practice papers. Laura’s willingness to get stuck in, work hard and overcome obstacles is a great example of what can be achieved when you’re determined.


Mentor Alison Simpson nominates Sian Fox from Kent County Council

Sian Fox is something of a pioneer – one of the first learners within Kent CC going through the Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship scheme and one of the first to sit exams under the new syllabus. Sian is very diligent with her studies and keen to know all she can about a subject area. Being well prepared is important for Sian, and she has been spending plenty of evening and weekend time ensuring she is on track. Sian relishes her ability to learn and do well and has embraced the whole learning journey, but she is also increasingly active in the Kent CIPS branch and helped to arrange a session in Kent CC. Sian took control of the “meet and greet” and has volunteered as a student rep to help ensure student needs are considered at future events.

Kent County Council


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Learner Awards – as important as the Oscars

Emma Jackson

Course Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

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Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

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Declan Hemingway

Sales and Business Development Assistant

Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.