Apprentice of the Month Award Quarter 3 – 2021

Apprentice of the Month Award Winners Quarter 3 – 2021

This year Capella introduced an ‘Apprentice of the Month Award’ where we ask our Capella Trainers to nominate a learner who they feel has gone ‘above and beyond’.  This could be a learner who has overcome challenges,  worked particularly hard, or someone who has made a real difference to the cohort, or their own business whilst on the programme. For Quarter 3 our Capella Apprentice of the Month winners were…

July 2021 – Casey Barron from Sunderland University on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Casey Barron winner of Apprentice of the Month for July

The first of our award winners for Quarter 3 was Casey Barron.

Casey was nominated in July for Apprentice of the Month as her trainer Mick Dickenson was so impressed with the standard of her work at her Mid-Review.

Mick said…

“Casey was one of a very few delegates that have already completed the Measure Phase at Mid review. The quality and application of DMAIC is benchmark, if not exceptional.

Also completed the mid review exam to “Distinction level”. Is already compiling evidence for CPD therefore is proving to be a delegate that all others should aspire to replicate”

Mick Dickenson (Capella Trainer)


August 2021 – Ruth Ashburner who works in the Finance team at Wilko on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Ruth’s trainer Niall Coney said…

“Ruth’s drive and commitment is fantastic, but most importantly along with that drive is the level of detail in the work she’s completed.

Ruth has taken on board every bit of feedback and has always taken on the challenges given to her. At Ruth’s coaching sessions she has demonstrated how she has acted on the feedback and how robust improvements are being identified.

Ruth has really engaged with and led activities in the training sessions and remained a positive energy throughout the programme”

Niall Coney (Capella Trainer)


September 2021 – Dean Crow at Babcock Marine on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Dean’s trainer Mat Ellwood said…

“Dean is an enthusiastic individual that sets the standard for the group, He drives for excellence, and this has been demonstrated multiple times throughout the duration of the programme.

Dean has played an active role in coaching and sharing best practice with fellow members of the cohort, enabling him to refine his coaching skills and help others who don’t feel as confident when applying theory into practice.

Dean is a worthy and deserved recipient of the September award”

Mat Ellwood (Capella Trainer)

“Dean should be considering a Level 5 Improvement Specialist programme to further continue his already impressive skillset”.


On behalf of all of the Capella Team we would just like to say well done everyone!


  • Capella have provided a superbly structured programme, and have proven to be entirely supportive of delegates in completing their apprenticeship with confidence. Key to this has been the instructor’s knowledge of the subject matter, allowing him to apply the theory to a variety of scenarios in the delegates’ work. We have appreciated the instructor being approachable, flexible and understanding of the challenges of extra-curricula activity for people with busy jobs. All staff that we’ve engaged with at Capella have been professional, welcoming and clear in their communication.

    Mark Robbins, Retail and Pension Operations Training and Communications, Fidelity International

  • Capella’s focus on developing long-term relationships and their continual search for innovative approaches to upskilling has enabled Toyota and many other employers to learn and apply best practice Problem Solving tools which deliver great outcomes for all. In our experience, no other training provider has taken such a lead role in the development of sector wide initiatives such as the Automotive Industrial Partnership and development of the ‘improvement suite’ of Apprenticeship standards. Capella constantly seeks innovative opportunities to deliver an excellent service to the learner and to the business.

    Paul Fitzpatrick | Senior Manager | Toyota UK

  • We have found Capella really professional and flexible and their passion for delivering high quality training is a culture we have in common between us and has made working with them highly beneficial. Their knowledge of the automotive sector in particular has also been very useful and has simplified working together to create a really excellent training programme. In addition, they have managed to modify their usual commercial programmes in line with government approved apprenticeship standards, which has enabled us to utilise our Apprenticeship Levy to fund the training.

    Chris Bauman | Group Managing Director

  • Capella are delivering the Business Improvement L4 programme to a cohort of 12 staff at our Barnard Castle site. We chose Capella after a series of meeting with Kate and her team and from day 1 we have been impressed with the professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge of the team. The staff have really thrived on the learning schedule and through working with the programme tutors and we have had nothing but positive feedback. Internal changes on site have impacted on the programme delivery, which Capella took this in their stride, adapting delivery timelines, providing support and working with those facing change has added another dimension to the relationship that has been developed between the site and Capella. While still in delivery mode GSK already believes that the programme has been a success for all involved and we look forward to its completion and sharing that success within the organisation.

    Tim Buchanan | Apprenticeship Vendor Manager | Talent, Leadership and Organisation Development- Centre of Excellence

  • Capella worked closely with Wilko to deeply understand our needs at a strategic and operational level, helping us to jointly explore a range of options to meet these needs. Capella have an experienced team of Lean Six Sigma experts. Their programme design, management expertise and resources are second to none. Wilko have been allocated a dedicated Account Manager which helps us ensure the learner is always front of mind. Capella’s programmes have developed the knowledge, skills and drive of our Wilko delegates to seek and implement improvements in every process, constantly reducing costs, waste and inefficiencies. Capella also enabled Wilko’s leadership of continuous improvement to be showcased through the publication of an extensive article for the Chartered Quality Institute's Quality World magazine.

    Teresa Ward, Wilko Talent Programme Manager, Wilko

  • I would sincerely like to thank you again and the fabulous team at Capella for the dedication shown in achieving the Black Belt qualification. It is such a pleasure to work so closely with passionate professional people and I hope our partnership continues to grow especially with the role out of the new standards.

    Richard Bates, Managing Director, Qualitrain

  • "Capella are a company that keep to their word, they have supported me fully during and even after my projects have been completed. The coaching team are always on hand to help with any issues and often put themselves out to ensure support is available. Highly recommend anyone looking to progress their career to take a look at Capella."

    Chris Woodcock, Jaguar Land Rover