Natalie White picked up the accolade at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Former Chorley St Michaels High School pupil Natalie works at the National Nuclear Laboratory in Warrington after completing a business apprenticeship.
The 22-year old said she was unsure what do to do for a career while at school so went on a week’s work experience which opened her eyes to the world of work and inspired her to follow the apprenticeship route. She added: “Whilst I achieved good GCSE results, studying full time just wasn’t something that I enjoyed.
“I chose an apprenticeship as this offered me the opportunity to learn through real life work experience whilst gaining qualifications. I am really committed to promotion, as I can confidently say I made the best decision for my career.”
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Natalie currently works as an Early Careers Advisor and wants to continue to change the perception of apprenticeships, working with schools and colleges to educate students about their career options.