Out of this world experience for Lisa who’s in line for top award

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Lisamarie Jones, grateful to Jobs Growth Wales for boosting her confidence.

Lisamarie Jones, grateful to Jobs Growth Wales for boosting her confidence.

You could be forgiven for thinking Lisamarie Jones’ development is a little bit out of this world as she regularly looks after the cast and crew of Doctor Who!

Now the 19-year-old from Llanishen, Cardiff is in contention to win a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015.

She is one of three finalists shortlisted in the Jobs Growth Wales Learner of the Year category at the high profile awards ceremony to be held at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on Thursday, October 29.

The coveted awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have exceeded expectations, shown a dynamic approach to training and demonstrated initiative, enterprise, innovation, creativity and commitment to the improvement of skills development for the Welsh economy.

Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and media partner is Media Wales. The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

Lisamarie has overcome chronic shyness to become a key member of staff at the Lookout Café next door to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay.

Through Itec Skills and Employment, Café owners Graham and Jackie Jones created a Jobs Growth Wales position for a general assistant and such has been Lisamarie’s progress that she has now been earmarked as a potential manager, should the company expand.

As a keen footballer, Lisamarie has achieved BTEC Sport Level 1, plus key skills in Communications, Application of Numbers and Working with Others. But she has put her Vale Ladies football on hold to concentrate on her career.

Having completed the Jobs Growth Wales placement, Lisamarie is now undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering as well as developing new skills in buying stock, event planning, food hygiene and allergens.

Café owner Graham said: “Lisamarie’s confidence has come on in leaps and bounds and she is a respected and necessary member of our team.”

Lisamarie said: “I am a different person to when I started and my self-confidence has grown. I am so grateful to Jobs Growth Wales and Lookout Café.”

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James congratulated Lisamarie and the other 36 award finalists. “We have some truly exceptional apprentices and learners here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements,” she said.

“Equally important are the training providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their apprentices. Developing skilled young people is vital for our economy. The Welsh Government is committed to training programmes such as Apprenticeships but investment must be a shared responsibility with the education sector, businesses and individuals.”

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