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24th Mar 2020
Carrie Ann Blackall of Lovewell Blake

A Classical Studies graduate who decided after graduating to pursue an apprenticeship has been named Business Apprentice of the Year in City College Norwich’s 2020 Apprenticeships Awards.

Carrie-Ann Blackall, who studied at Aylsham High School and Easton College before taking her degree at University of Wales Trinity St David, joined chartered accountants Lovewell Blake in January 2019 as a Business Administration apprentice, combining her job with study at City College.

The 27 year old carried off the prestigious Business Apprentice of the Year prize in the annual awards, which recognises ‘outstanding apprentices’ who are studying at the College.

Carrie-Ann said, “I love being organised, so working in business administration is the perfect job for me.  Despite being a graduate, becoming an apprentice has been a really good way into a career in business administration, and it is an option which anybody should consider.”

Shaun Mary, partner at Lovewell Blake, echoed her words.  “We have enthusiastically embraced the apprenticeship scheme, and it has introduced some really high quality people into the firm, as well as giving opportunities to those young people to study and achieve valuable qualifications while they start their career.

“We are very proud of Caz, who has been a model student, supporting her fellow apprentices, and undertaking a project for the firm looking into more efficient ways of working.

“I would certainly recommend getting involved in the apprenticeships scheme to other employers – it has been a really excellent way of finding and nurturing new talent for our firm.”