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A former apprentice physio has been highly commended by judges at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards.

Backed by City & Guilds, the awards recognise both apprentices and employers who have performed well and achieved successful outcomes from the work-based training scheme. Mellissa Hemming completed her physio apprenticeship at the Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT in 2007, one of only two young people to win a place on the new programme there. She was encouraged to enter the awards by her former manager at the trust as she was coming to the end of her three-year physiotherapy degree at Coventry University. Hundreds of apprentices from all industries and sectors entered the awards, and regional ceremonies took place between April and June. Mellissa Hemming was named highly commended in the West Midlands round. And since graduating, she has been successful in landing a band 5 job at the Heart of Birmingham trust. ‘I always wanted to be a physiotherapist so I really liked the idea of going straight into a practical role at 16, because experience is key in this profession,’ said Mellissa. ‘My old team were really keen for me to enter the awards, and they are really proud and pleased that one of their apprentices was highly commended. ‘And obviously I’m thrilled because I’ve also now got a new job, so I feel very lucky.’

Sally Priestley

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