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Chris Whyte wins NW Skills Development’s Informatics Apprentice of the Year Award

The North West Skills Development Network’s Connect Conference was a great success again this year, with Chris Whyte from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals winning the Informatics Apprentice of the Year Award. The annual event showcases developments made in skills in the North West alongside praising people who have made exceptional achievements.

For the Informatics Apprentice of the Year Award organisations were asked to nominate apprentices based on the following:

  • Contribution to the workplace, in particular areas or projects where expectation has been exceeded
  • Qualities, strengths and talents the apprentice has brought to the organisation
  • Success through exceptional levels of achievement and attainment both in learning and in the workplace
  • How the apprentice has contributed to achieving the objectives of the team and the impact on the organisation
  • How the apprentice has benefitted from the apprenticeship, including personal progression, positive actions taken and personal achievements
  • Commitment to personal development and progression
  • Future career planning

Throughout his Level 2 Informatics and Level 3 Software Development Technician apprenticeships with Estio, Chris has displayed many of these attributes.

Julie Davison, Head of Apprenticeships at the North West Skills Development Network, commented: “Chris was given the award as he has all the attributes required in an apprentice: he has a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, is quick and eager to learn, demonstrates ambition and has a clear sense of drive to improve patient care through the use of technology. His developing self-confidence, personal growth, technical ability and professional conduct have ensured he has become a valued and integral member of the Health Informatics team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.”

Chris Whyte and Bethany Egerton at the NW Skills Development Network’s Apprentice Awards

Bethany Egerton presenting Chris with his award

Chris was presented with the award by Bethany Egerton, another NHS apprentice with Estio, who won the award last year.

Estio have been proud partners with the NHS for over four years and have formed a brilliant working connection with them, which is why we’re always pleased to see our NHS learners succeed. We continue to work with the NHS annually, helping to provide digital skills across the North West.

Amy Smith

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