The Quality Skills Alliance launched the competition where the more than 2,000 learners who are with the QSA were asked to email their nominations. Gareth, an apprentice with the Newport and District Group Training (NDTGA) was chosen by the judges from some extremely high standard nominations.
Gareth, a second year engineering apprentice who works for Tata Steel, nominated his training providers Diane and Neil Purslow as his heroes. His entry stated:
“Late in 2011, whilst still working my job part time as a store supervisor, I was contacted by Neil and Diane and asked out of kindness whether I would be interested in attending a hand fitting course being run by the College. This was voluntary, and although I had to pay nothing in order to attend, Neil and Diane incurred some cost at my expense. I feel they were overly generous in funding me to do the course and I cannot thank them enough for being so considerate.
“Everything I have had the chance to become, I owe to Neil and Diane, and this is why I nominate them as my Welsh heroes. I will never be able to thank them enough.”
There were some other entries that are worth mentioning and congratulations to them: Anne Payne a WCPPE Student Pharmacy Technician nominated Besti Cadwallader, saying: “Although she may not be as famous as Florence Nightingale in world history, I believe that she is a true Welsh hero and a shining example to everyone that works in the care of the sick, inform and terminally ill. Our belief in this profession is that it is our duty to care for patients, and that their needs and dignity should be our main priority.”
Meanwhile, Holly Walker who is undertaking a Live Events and Promotion apprenticeship nominated her uncle who had to face an amputation below his knee“…instead of letting this defeat him, he has turned the experience into a positive one”.
A QSA presentation was held on at the NDGTA’s training centre – photo includes Gareth, Diane and Neil Purslow