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Barber-turned-book-keeper wins Sussex Apprentice of the Year

19 May 2016

Ross Jennings, a young accountancy apprentice who made a radical career change last year, has been named Sussex Apprentice of the Year at the Spring Awards. In this prestigious ceremony, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, major players in the training and development world in Sussex and beyond joined together to celebrate the best and brightest achievements in training, development and lifelong learning. Across Sussex, approximately 68,000 learners are taught in FE colleges each year and of these, just 13 receive a Spring Award and 13 are runners up. The scale of these numbers shows why achieving a Spring Award marks the recipient as a special individual. Ross, who works for local accountancy firm Bainbridge Lewis, is studying for his Apprenticeship qualification with City College Brighton and Hove and this is the second year in a row that the Sussex Apprentice of the Year award has been won by a City College apprentice.

Ross’s confidence was at an all-time low and he felt unfulfilled working in his father’s barbers shop while also struggling to deal with a family bereavement. However, Ross (22) used an apprenticeship opportunity to turn his life around and has now established himself as a highly-valued member of staff at Bainbridge Lewis. His Accountancy tutor at City College, Paul Robbins, says: 'Ross is an extremely hard-working and dedicated student and his enthusiasm for the subject and willingness to learn is obvious for all to see. He’s taken the courageous step of changing careers and this is certainly paying off for him as he’s doing exceptionally well, both at college and in the workplace.'

Ross Jennings - Sussex Apprentice of the Year 2016

Ross Jennings - Sussex Apprentice of the Year 2016

Carol Lewis, Director of Bainbridge Lewis, adds: 'We’re so proud of Ross for winning this award. He has come so far since he started working for us in September. Not only has he studied hard to pass his exams but is also very enthusiastic to learn anything new in the office. He has become a valued member of our team and is doing a great job of looking after our clients.'

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