Casey Hanlan, Business Administrator at Leed-based Office Monster, the service-led online office supplier based in Leeds, is celebrating after being named Apprentice of the Year thanks to a national competition hosted by Eden Training Solutions, the organisation that aims to educate, develop and empower individuals.
Nominated by Director of Office Monster, Ryan Ward, Casey was chosen as the overall winner of the Apprentice of the Year 2018 competition due to her enthusiasm, willingness to learn and importantly because of the example she sets to others. She was also commended for the ongoing contribution she has made to the business over the last twelve months.
As the first apprentice to be appointed at Office Monster, Casey was tasked with supporting the business as it embarked on an ambitious three-year strategy to take its turnover from £1.6m to £3m.
Joining with no previous experience in business, Casey quickly became a valued member of the team and has since accepted a full-time position at the company. Furthermore, thanks to the positive impression that she made, a further two apprentices were appointed to the team.
“I am so pleased to have been named Apprentice of the Year, it’s all a little overwhelming to be honest. When I started at Office Monster, it was the hands-on experience and opportunity to learn the practical skills rather than just the theory that attracted me to the position. I would certainly encourage others to consider an apprenticeship, it’s a great way to understand a business and to quickly establish your career.”
Ryan Ward, Director at Office Monster, comments:
“Casey completed her apprenticeship in January 2018 and has since become a full-time member of the team. We’re very proud of Casey and everything that she has achieved. We’re thrilled that she is getting the recognition that she deserves and a chance to show other young people that if you work hard, apprenticeships are a great way to develop a rewarding career.”
The Eden Apprentice of the Year 2018 competition was hosted during National Apprenticeship Week, which took place from 5 – 9 March and celebrated the employers and apprentices from across England to encourage even more people to choose this pathway to a great career.
As an employer that places great emphasis on the future development of local talent, believing that providing opportunities for young people to earn while they learn is a positive example to set, Office Monster plans to recruit further apprentices over the coming years.