A young East Suffolk employee who began her career at the council as an apprentice is celebrating after being crowned Young Person of the Year at a regional awards ceremony.
Phoebe Vokes, who joined East Suffolk Council through its apprenticeship scheme in 2017 and now works in its Housing Team, received the ‘Inspirational / Young Person of the Year – Apprenticeship’ prize at Suffolk’s Raising The Bar awards a ceremony at Wherstead Park, Ipswich on Wednesday 10 July.
The awards are part of the Raising the Bar scheme led by Suffolk County Council which aims to improve levels of educational attainment and ensure that every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential.
Phoebe, who now works as a Housing Support Officer said:
“When I left school, I knew I wanted to work within the public sector. When I was given the opportunity to become an apprentice within Tenant Services, I was extremely eager to learn all about the Council’s work with social housing. I have greatly expanded my knowledge since working here, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the incredible support I receive from the people around me.
I have achieved so much already within the past year including completing my apprenticeship and gaining my Level 2 and 3 Business Administration Diplomas, as well as winning in the Raising the Bar Awards 2019. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here, and I’m proud to represent East Suffolk Council.”
Martin Swan, Support Services Manager at East Suffolk Council said:
"I’m really proud to see Phoebe win this award. Following her move to the Tenant Services Team, she has gone from strength to strength and is a constant ray of sunshine in the office.
I’m sure she has a very bright future ahead of her and can be looked at as a role model for any new apprentices joining the Council."
The Young Person of the Year category was judged on how the nominees contributed within their workplace, their potential to progress within their field, their dedication to professional development and their ability to be a positive role model to other young people.