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OPCC Apprentice receives certificate of commendation

  • Last Updated: 15-03-2024 at 08:03

An apprentice within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has received a Certificate of Commendation, recognising the impact of her work.

Kimberley (Kim) Pickett has been working towards her NVQ level 3 business management apprenticeship within the OPCC, receiving a pass in April this year.

Her hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed by her team and her was name was put forward for the Lincolnshire Apprenticeship Champion awards, run by Lincolnshire County Council and partners.

Kim was shortlisted for the Government and Public Services award, her application standing out from a high number of nominations. She was one of four finalists in her category, receiving a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of her outstanding achievement.

Kim has recently been offered a temporary contract by the OPCC as a Business Support Officer following the completion of her apprenticeship. She said: “I applied for this apprenticeship feeling that it would provide the opportunity to develop in areas where I was lacking knowledge and confidence.

“The apprenticeship, alongside working with such a supportive, friendly team that is the OPCC has provided a wealth of experiences and opportunities, many skills to build on, and has enhanced my confidence and communication skills significantly.

“It is an honour to receive this certificate and I am thrilled that my dedication and achievements have been recognised. I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship within the Office and look forward to what my future holds.”

Line manager and mentor, Karen Collins, nominated Kim for the award as she was keen that her achievements be recognised. She said: “As her line manager over the past two years, it has been incredibly rewarding to be on this journey with Kim and to watch her develop and grow in her confidence and abilities.

“I can certainly vouch for Kim’s dedication, hard work and professionalism. Already she is expanding her knowledge and capabilities in her new role, and I have no doubt that she will go on to have a very successful career in whichever avenue she chooses.”

The OPCC will also receive a Certificate of High Commendation as an Employer Champion in recognition of their fantastic support of apprenticeships.