Young woman cleans up at Telecommunications Professionals Awards Night
A young Virgin Media apprentice has become the one of the first woman to win The Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, Apprentice of the Year award.
Stephanie Cooper, 20, from Isleworth, received the award at a glittering ceremony at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel on 21 November in front of 300 peers and colleagues from the telecommunications industry. Stephanie was nominated for the award by her line manager, Ian Burridge after impressing him with her professionalism, hard work and commitment.
Stephanie said, ‘I can’t believe that I have won the Apprentice of the Year award. I have never won anything in my life before so to receive this award is an amazing achievement and something I am extremely proud of.’
Stephanie continued, ‘Just a few years ago I had no idea where my life was going and little ambition, however, since joining Virgin Media’s apprenticeship scheme I feel like I have turned my life around. I had a really hard time at school and left with little confidence or drive but over the past 18 months I have grown in confidence and have much more belief in my own ability. Winning this award just caps off a fantastic period in my life and I am now more determined than ever to achieve my goals.’
Stephanie joined the Virgin Media apprenticeship scheme just two years ago after leaving school with no qualifications to her name. Since then, she has turned her life around, completed a number of technical certificates, gained an apprenticeship qualification and become extremely ambitious.
Stephanie’s line manager, Ian Burridge said, ‘Stephanie takes a great deal of pride in her work and has completely immersed herself into the culture at Virgin Media. She is enthusiastic and keen, and really stands out as a key member of the team in West London. As a woman, she is a minority in the telecommunications industry, especially out in the field, but she has not let that affect her in the slightest and has always shown a determination to succeed which is an extremely admirable quality in her.’
Since joining Virgin Media, Stephanie has become an active ambassador for the apprenticeship scheme and been at the forefront of many campaigns to promote and encourage new recruits. She has also been involved in various projects, including an apprenticeship event with Boris Johnson to highlight the government’s involvement in apprenticeships and a trip to Ecuador last year to build a school in a local village.
Virgin Media recently launched an innovative new apprentice training centre in the Midlands dedicated to providing young people with invaluable tuition and career development. Virgin Media’s apprenticeship scheme offers placements through a number of exciting roles, including field technicians, planners and network engineers, with opportunities to work all over the UK. The immensely popular programme gives apprentices the chance to get comprehensive training in the latest in digital home entertainment and telecommunications, whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification in ICT.