MAR 01] THE CHAMBER NEWS
Makes Merry With Top Trainees
Olympic medallist Katharine Merry was the perfect special guest on
hand to announced prizes to the winners of the Coventry &
Warwickshire Training Excellence Awards 2000.
WITH THE AWARDS WINNERS
years ago Katharine, now aged 26, was a trainee business administrator
at the Rugby branch of The Chamber, her only non-athletics related
work-experience since leaving school.
the eighteen nominated Training Excellence finalists from Coventry and
Warwickshire, Katharine was given the honour of announcing the three
were (pictured above, left to right) Mark Baverstock aged 18, from
Coventry (work based training), Liz James, 49, from Rugby (STEP) and
David Rann, 20 from Warwick (Modern Apprenticeship).
British indoor 400m record holder and Sydney Olympics bronze medallist
is the key if you want to become a success, as a lot of the work I
do is similar to the guys and girls who have received awards here
training I wouldn't have had the opportunity to represent my country
at the Olympic games last year."
about her teenage years, Katharine recalled:
after leaving school I started a placement at the Rugby Chamber,
which was tailored around my athletics training, and for 18 months I
thoroughly enjoyed myself, working four days a week, and attending
college on a Thursday.
led to an NVQ qualification in business administration, which I have
found extremely useful in managing my own affairs since becoming a
professional athlete at the age of 18.
in the Olympics is great, but it is not for everybody, and not every
athlete achieves that level of success, so to have something to fall
back on is very important, and working for my local Chamber of
Commerce was the perfect fit."
the evening's proceedings was Chamber products and marketing director
Nigel Gaynor, who read citations on all 18 finalists (6 STEP, 5
Work-based Training, 7 Modern Apprenticeships), in front of an invited
audience, consisting of parents, partners, training providers and
speakers during the awards ceremony included Chamber chief executive
David Frost, who took up the post in January, Ursula Russell, chair of
the Local Learning and Skills Council for Coventry and Warwickshire
and Dave Kemble, current master of the Freemens Guild for Coventry,
who presented the Modern Apprenticeship winners trophy.
event was a great success, which was organised well, and had a real
sense of occasion, celebrating the diverse range of trainees in
Coventry and Warwickshire.
were delighted that Katharine Merry, a local Olympian and former
Chamber trainee, was here to present the awards, and we all wish her
the best of luck in the world championships in Edmonton in August.
was a humbling experience to hear of the efforts that many of the
trainees have made in order to get where they are today, and I wish
them every future success in their chosen careers. “
the past 12 months more than 4,000 people in Coventry and Warwickshire
have begun one of the training routes.