Daniel is apprentice of the year
AN APPRENTICE who is helping South Gloucestershire Council to help people with autism has won an award.
Daniel John, pictured, an apprentice with the council’s partnerships and commissioning team, has been named Apprentice of the Year 2019 in the Public Services People Managers Association annual awards.
Daniel, 24, of Yate, was selected as the joint-winner from a group of apprentices representing organisations from across the public sector.
The 16 finalists took part in a rigorous two-day assessment process, encompassing a range of individual and team exercises, culminating in a presentation where Daniel talked about his life, his role at the council and his ambitions for the future.
As part of his work with the local authority, Daniel has developed a training course for council staff on how they can best work with and support people with autism to help improve their employment prospects.
Currently in the UK, only approximately 30 per cent of people of working age with autism are in paid employment, which is significantly lower than the comparative figures for working age individuals with a disability and the wider UK population.
Daniel said: “It was fantastic to win this award and to meet the other finalists during the two days of coaching and competition at Warwick Business School.
“I really enjoyed the assessment, especially the opportunity it provided to discuss a topic extremely close to my heart – making a difference for people with autism.”
Council leader Toby Savage said: “We are sure that Daniel has a very bright future ahead of him.”