Transport planning apprentice Erin Ruddy has won the inaugural Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) National Apprentice of the Year Award.
Erin 19, of Whitley Bay, our first-ever transport planning apprentice was presented with her trophy before an audience of 200 industry professionals at the CIHT Young Professionals Conference 2018 in Leeds.
The CIHT National Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates the talent and value that apprentices bring to the transportation sector and highlights their importance in the industry. The award also reflects the commitment of industry leaders who are putting apprenticeship training and skills at the heart of their businesses to create a pipeline of sector professionals.
Erin joined Capita in 2017 as its first transport planning apprentice and combines her work with studies at Leeds College of Building.
Martin Tugwell, CIHT Senior Vice President, CIHT said: “I would like to congratulate Erin Ruddy on being recognised as the CIHT National Apprentice of the Year in 2018. Erin stood out with her professional and inclusive approach, clearly showing the benefit of a collaborative approach to place shaping. Erin’s ability to engage with her audience and to sell with passion demonstrated her future leadership qualities. CIHT’s activities in the region are already benefiting from Erin’s involvement.”
David Wall, Capita Associate Director, said: “Erin is the first transport planning apprentice in our business. She has brought enthusiasm, drive and the belief to succeed. She has excelled in her academic studies, shown through her results and feedback from the college, as well as her understanding of the transport sector. Erin’s excitement and thirst for knowledge is rubbing off on others across her team, which is great to see. With support from her mentors and peers, I am confident she will continue to exceed expectations and be one of those next generation leaders in her field."