Award finalist Cheradine relishing responsibility with Pobl Group
For most people one job is hard enough but Cheradine Jones successfully juggles three roles within the Pobl Group, the not-for-profit organisation that is a registered social landlord also delivering care and support services across Wales and West.
Cheradine is balancing her job as Group Governance Assistant and Assistant Data Protection Officer with a project support role in the Facilities Department. The 36-year-old mum of two from Ammanford is relishing the challenge of this work, whilst undertaking her Higher Apprenticeship in Facilities Management.
Now her commitment to learning and contribution to the business has been recognised, as she has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s Talent Award at next month’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, the annual celebration of outstanding achievement in training and apprenticeships.
The new award seeks to reward a current apprentice who has ‘demonstrated significant personal progress’ and has made ‘a tangible and positive impact on their employer’s organisational performance.’
Thirty-four finalists in a dozen categories are in the running for the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which will be presented at a high-profile ceremony at the new International Convention Centre Wales, Newport on October 24.
The awards showcase the successes of the best learners, employers, tutors and assessors in Wales who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes.
Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru has Openreach, the UK’s digital network business, as its premier sponsor this year. The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Training in-house and with Gower College Swansea, the higher apprenticeship will give Cheradine a Level 4 Diploma in Facilities Management and Practice which helps the business provide a safe, clean, legally compliant, fit-for-purpose estate.
She is successfully supporting several projects including the redevelopment of Pobl Group’s Exchange House Headquarters in Swansea, the implementation of agile working practices and the achievement of business cost savings.
She has also become a project lead within the governance team, developed digital knowledge and volunteered to represent the company at Data Protection in Wales Task Group.
Pobl Group’s Governance Manager Gillian Owen said: “Cheradine is assertive, emotionally intelligent and an excellent communicator. She allows her personality to shine, is energetic, motivates herself and others and drives up organisational performance.”
Cheradine added: “I feel honoured and excited to be nominated for the Tomorrow’s Talent Award. Gower College Swansea has been incredibly flexible. Facilities Management trainer Alan Robbins would come in early morning to deliver a module to accommodate my childcare arrangements.”
Minister for the Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, congratulated Cheradine and all the other shortlisted finalists.
“Our Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes are helping increasing numbers of people to gain the skills and experience that we know businesses across all sectors of the economy in Wales really need,” he said.
“The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate and showcase the achievements of everyone involved in those programmes from our star apprentices and employers, to learning providers and trainees.”