Meet the University of Leeds Trinity student and NHS manager who was shortlisted for the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards


Leanne Wilson, a student at Leeds Trinity University, has been shortlisted for the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2022.

Set up by the Yorkshire Evening Post, in conjunction with the Halifax Courier and Wakefield Express, the awards recognize the value of apprenticeship programs and how they can transform lives.

Leanne, 39, has been shortlisted for the ‘Higher or University Learning of the Year’ category in recognition of her achievements in managing a team of specialists at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust.

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Leanne Wilson, 39, has been shortlisted for ‘Higher Learning or Graduate of the Year’

She has completed the Chartered Manager’s Diploma apprenticeship from the University within the last three years.

During this time, Leanne had to balance a challenging professional role in the NHS, her higher education and the needs of her young family, in the context of a global pandemic.

Since beginning qualification, she has earned a promotion, built stronger relationships with her team, and volunteered to share her experiences and inspire others across the country by speaking at Chartered Management Institute webinars. .

Leanne recently graduated with First Class Honors and Honors for the Chartered Manager Diploma Apprenticeship at Leeds Trinity University.

Leanne had to balance a challenging professional role in the NHS with her higher education and the needs of her young family.

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She said: “The last few years have been a real challenge, completing the degree apprenticeship while working full time in the NHS during a pandemic has certainly kept me on my toes.

“I am extremely grateful to the team at Leeds Trinity University for their support and encouragement.

“Being able to get my qualifications has given me so much confidence that I’ve been able to support other students with advice and peer support.”

This year’s winner of The Apprentice, Harpreet Kaur, from West Yorkshire, will co-host the awards with Harry Gration

The winners in 12 categories will be announced in a glittering ceremony at the McCall Suite, home of Bradford City Football Club, on Thursday June 9.

Tickets are available here.

Claire Newhouse, Director of Leeds Trinity’s Center for Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning and Skills, said: “Leanne’s appointment is deserved recognition for her outstanding achievements over the past three years and we are proud to have played a in its development, along with hundreds of other apprentices at Leeds Trinity.

“With this in mind, we are delighted to sponsor the ‘Mentor of the Year’ category at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards, which aligns with our comprehensive support approach to preparing our students for the world of work.

“I look forward to attending the event in June and celebrating with Leanne.”

With almost a million active apprenticeships in England alone, apprenticeship programs have quickly become a pathway to future employment for thousands of people.

Leeds Trinity launched its first degree apprenticeships five years ago with a cohort of just 15 apprentices under the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship scheme.

The University’s Center for Workplace Learning, Learning and Skills now hosts nearly 800 apprentices who pursue graduate and degree apprenticeship programs and work-based learning provision.

Carolyn Nelson, Medication Management Officer at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “As Leanne’s immediate line manager, I have seen the impact learning the degree has had on her, as well as the determination and enthusiasm with which Leanne seized the opportunity to study for a degree while working full time.

“It has been a pleasure to see Leanne’s progress and it is clear that completing the program has allowed her to grow from a team leader to a confident and capable manager.

“This is just the beginning of Leanne’s leadership journey, and I’m excited to see her continued development over the next few years.”


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