Sixteen-year-old Ollie Baxendale, a trainee at Hampshire broadband provider Onestream, has beaten competitors from across the South to be named Apprentice of The Year in the PETA Alex Zemenides Apprenticeships Awards.
Baxendale was one of 21 candidates nominated by assessors for the awards scheme run by PETA. Formerly known as Portsmouth Engineering Training Association, PETA is an apprentice training provider with around 360 apprentices working with employers across the region.
Whiteley-based Onestream, part of the business communications provider Onecom, gave Baxendale on-the-job training in telesales, product knowledge, company systems and customer service.
Onecom CEO Darren Ridge said: “I would like to congratulate Ollie on this win, which is thoroughly deserved. As one of the area’s leading technology employers, we are proud to offer an apprenticeship training programme that delivers real career progression for young people. Many teenagers are looking to get real-life experience and training in the workplace and this scheme allows them to do that and quickly step up the career ladder.”