Former council apprentice scoops national rising star award

A former apprentice at Bristol City Council has been recognised as a rising star at a national human resources awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Ashleigh Richards picked up the Public Service People Managers’ Association (PPMA) Rising Star award for her consistent high achievement and her dedication to promoting apprenticeships in Bristol.

The award was presented to Ashleigh after a close contest between herself and another candidate came down to a public vote. Ashleigh said:

“It’s a fantastic honour to receive this award, especially as it has been voted for by members of the public. This recognition represents many years of hard work that I and my colleagues have put in to raise awareness of apprenticeships and what these schemes can do for business and individuals. I was given an opportunity at a young age to forge a career and develop my knowledge and skills. I’m so very grateful for that chance and am thrilled to be in a position to now help others along the same path.”

As an Assistant HR Advisor, Ashleigh has been instrumental in championing apprenticeships in the city, encouraging both employers and young people to get involved in a scheme. Ashleigh’s contribution, along with that of her colleagues in HR, has seen the number of council apprentices double over the last two years.

The council currently has nearly 80 apprentices working in areas that range from skilled trades to communications and business administration.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:

“I am delighted for Ashleigh and her colleagues. Their hard work in championing the value of apprenticeships is helping to drive a new sense of opportunity amongst young, unemployed people in the city.

“Apprenticeships give young people the chance to earn a salary while gaining experience and skills that will last for a lifetime. Anyone in Bristol who is interested in applying for apprenticeship should speak with the Council’s Apprenticeship Team for more information.”

Anyone thinking of becoming an apprentice can visit the council’s website to find out more about what schemes are offered and what can be achieved –

The Council’s Apprentices Team also hold regular information sessions and can be contacted online to find out more. Follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest events and scheme information –