22 Feb 2023

Human interest Lancashire

Super Sarah scoops apprentice award

Electricity North West's Sarah Salisbury

Sarah Salisbury is flying high after scooping a prestigious regional apprenticeship award.

The 30-year-old has recently completed a Business Administration apprenticeship for the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West.

As well as making a name for herself both in the business and industry, Sarah, from Preston, has recently been named the winner of the Apprentice of the Year Award for public services and education in the North West Apprenticeship Awards 2023.

Sarah, who started at Electricity North West back in 2020 and is now a higher-level apprentice coordinator, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to claim such a well-thought-of apprenticeship award.

“To make the finals is one thing but to go on and win is unbelievable.

“Everybody at Electricity North West has been amazing, the support I’ve been provided with has been first-class and I couldn’t recommend enough becoming an apprentice within the business.

“Now I’ve completed my apprenticeship, I want to continue to be a leader and advocate for female apprentices joining the utilities sector.”

Sarah’s apprenticeship was completed over 18 months, but it wasn’t all plain sailing as within one week of starting to work for Electricity North West, the UK entered lockdown.

“It was certainly a different start, but I still received a very warm welcome,” added Sarah.

“The course itself has gone incredibly quick and I’ve really enjoyed the flexibility of both working and studying at the same time.

“Electricity North West is an excellent company to work for and I’ll look forward to seeing many apprentices learn and develop in the coming years.”

As part of her new role, Sarah is fully embedded in the apprenticeship team and is based at Electricity North West’s state-of-the-art Training Academy in Blackburn.

Chris Havard, Electricity North West’s apprenticeship lead, said: “We’re delighted for Sarah who has been the model apprentice and this award is fully deserved.

“Sarah has made magnificent progress and over the three years, she has gone from strength-to-strength and is an ambassador for apprenticeships at Electricity North West.

“Apprenticeships are something we’re extremely passionate about and each year, we’re looking to improve the programme and make it accessible to more people in the North West.”