Apprentice of the Month Award Quarter 4 – 2021

Apprentice of the Month Award Winners Quarter 4 – 2021

In 2021 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 4 our Capella Apprentice of the Month Award winners were…

October 2021 – Apprentice of the Month Award Winner was Caroline Hand from Thames Water on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Capella’s Apprentice of the Month for October was Caroline Hand at Thames Water on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Caroline’s tutor Sven Boulton said:

“Caroline presented her project for Final Gateway, with an exceptional level of detail combined with clarity and an excellent summary.

Throughout the programme, she has shown her determination to deliver the highest standard possible. Demonstrating that she not only wants to complete the project but wants to fully understand all the Lean Six Sigma tools and their inter-relationships with other tools.

An amazing presentation!”

November 2021 – For the first time ever we had 2 winners for Capella’s Apprentice of the Month!

Operations Director Amrik Gill felt that both learners deserved recognition for going ‘above and beyond’ during their apprenticeship and so for the first time ever we have 2 learners who will be joint winners.

The first to be announced was Rebecca Greenwood at ReedSmith on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Niall Coney (Capella Trainer) said “Rebecca has just completed her project and presentation. The quality of work was exceptional with a clear understanding of the various concepts throughout, despite a very turbulent year”.

“Rebecca has been a great peer in the classroom always bringing great humour and interaction, making the learning process even more enjoyable for everyone. Rebecca has taken every challenge and never hesitated to try a new concept to get a better understanding. All of this reflects in a project that should easily aim for distinction with fantastic work throughout”! Niall Coney

And the second winner of Capella’s Apprentice of the Month for November was Bethany Walker-Smith at Pirelli on the L4 Improvement Practitioner apprenticeship.

Sven Boulton (Capella Trainer) said Beth presented her project at mid review, to an exceptional standard. The level of depth and the thoroughness with which she has used a range of tools, was similar to a Level 5 standard, underpinned with a clear understanding of these tools.

Exceptionally professional, with high determination to deliver an excellent project, which not only has cost savings, but owing to the nature of the materials being used, has a potential environmental impact as well.

On behalf of the Capella team congratulations to all our Apprentice of the Month Award Winners for 2021 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

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    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

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    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

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    Chris Woodcock, Jaguar Land Rover