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27/09/2021

Derry woman wins top title at Fujitsu’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Awards

Photo by Aaron McCracken
A Derry woman has scooped the top spot at Fujitsu’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Awards by being crowned ‘Higher Level Apprentice of the Year’. Sarah Gillespie, who up until three years ago had no ICT training, won the award at the 2018 Department for the Economy’s Apprentice of the Year Awards. A qualified pharmacist, Sarah had no IT experience when she decided to sign up to an apprenticeship programme delivered by Belfast Met and leading ICT company, Fujitsu. Having completed a Level 3 apprenticeship, Sarah is now a member of Fujitsu’s Shared Services team and helps resolve technical issues on behalf of customers across the business. Studying part time for a foundation degree in Software Engineering at North West Regional College, Sarah has achieved the highest grades this year for Programming across the course. Receiving her award from the Department’s Permanent Secretary Noel Lavery and business personality, Sarah Travers, Sarah Gillespie said; “It is a huge honour to be recognised as an Apprentice of the Year, and I’m grateful to the support of Fujitsu and my tutors at North West Regional College for their ongoing encouragement and guidance. "I think it’s important for those in the tech sector, especially apprenticeships, to shine a light on what it’s like to work in industry and help motivate students into the ever-evolving, fast paced world of ICT and the Apprentice of the Year Awards are a great way to do that.” Congratulating Sarah, David Clements, Fujitsu’s Client Managing Director, NI said; “We are absolutely delighted that Sarah’s continued hard work and determination continues to be recognised. She embodies all the skills and characteristics that make for a great ICT leader; a creative flair, attention to detail, problem solving and communications skills. Sarah is a fantastic ambassador not just for our business but for the sector as a whole as we look to encourage young people to embark on a career in technology.” Pictured above: Business personality, Sarah Travers presents Sarah Gillespie with the ‘Higher Level Apprentice of the Year’ Award at the 2018 Department for the Economy’s Apprentice of the Year Awards.

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